Disjointed Perspectives on Motherhood

Disjointed Perspectives on Motherhood

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Disjointed Perspectives on Motherhood seeks to reevaluate the concept of unconditional maternal love and the global emancipation of motherhood as recorded from 17th century onward and as analyzed in various genres: cinema, poetry, novel, drama, and mystery fiction series. By using unprecedented comparative critical approaches such as phenomenological, medical, feminist, and re-enchantment theories, and by analyzing works from literature, cinema, and visual arts, this collection attempts to reestablish and redefine a canonical concept with the intention to revitalize an otherwise taken-for-granted image and role.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 157.48 x 220.98 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739183176
  • 9780739183175

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1 A Mother's Loss of Her Daughter's Face: Ethical Issues of Facial Disfigurement in Natalie Kusz's Memoir Road Song Gudrun Grabher 2 From Child to Mother: The Disjoint Identity of Charles Robert Maturin's Immalee Margarita Georgieva 3 Solving the "Crumbling" Mother in Nancy Drew Michael Cornelius 4 Feminized and Maternal Bodies: Thresholds to Empowered Roles in Clara Reeve's The Old English Baron Sharon L. Decker 5 The Price We Pay: Motherhood, Marriage and the Struggle to Class Jump in Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina Tarah Sweeting-Trotter 6 Childless Motherhood: the Geopolitics of Maternal Bliss in Fatih Akin's The Edge of Heaven Oana M. Chivoiu 7 Dismatria: The Quest for a Mother-Land in Igiaba Scego's Writings Tatjana Babic-Wiilliams 8 'I wanted to hear her called Mom': The Grieving Mother and Lost Pregnant Daughter in Sharon Rocha's For Laci Jennifer Musial 9 Unwanted Mother, Unwanted Motherhood: Competing Maternities in Selby's Requiem for a Dream Zachary Snider 10 "She Who Dwells Alone ...:" Mad Mothers, Old Spinsters and Hysterical Women in William Wordsworth's Poetry of 1798 Irina Strout 11 Writing, Mothering, and Traumatic Subjectivity in Sapphire's Push Sherry Ziesenheim & Matthew J. Darling 12 Looking into the Mirror, Inscribing the Blank Slate: 18th Century Women Write about Mothering Elizabeth Johnston 13 Wise Mother? Insane Mother? Sara Chapman Bull and the Disarticulated Subjectivities of Turn-of-the Century Motherhood Jacqueline Brady 14 Maternal Interruption: Reconceiving Political Spaces and Social Agency in Buchi Emecheta's Joys of Motherhood Mary L. Cappelli 15 Mother-less: Joan Didion's Blue Nights and David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole Catalina Florina Florescu Afterword Index About the Authors
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A wonderful compendium of interpretive scholarship about arguably our most important relationship: with our mothers, and with ourselves as mothers. By turns lyrical, intense, and always thoughtful, this is textual analysis at its best. Disjointed Perspectives on Motherhood invites us into the dramatic worlds of mothering and trauma, broadly defined, from 18th century English Gothic to Emersonian America-from the Igbo mothers of Nigeria, to the contemporary genre of 'nobody memoir.' These are literary essays in both senses of a consistently high standard, offering a wealth of fresh insights into this under-explored yet often misunderstood or 'disjointed' figure at the heart of all our lives. -- Fiona Giles, The University of Sydney A wide-ranging study of the literary representation of mothering-highlighting the socio-cultural expectations surrounding motherhood and the often traumatic consequences of these expectations. These essays examine texts of various languages from different time frames and geographical spaces. Taken together, they provide a damning critique of patriarchal society's refusal to understand the myriad experiences of mothering. -- Natalie Edwards, University of Adelaide Disjointed Perspective on Motherhood does the important work of denaturalizing the link between women and motherhood. Wide-ranging in scope, the essays examine women's experiences of refusing, embracing, or struggling with motherhood, and the vast majority of them will be extremely useful to scholars working in the areas of gender and cultural studies. -- Erica Johnson, Pace University Disjointed Perspectives on Motherhood offers new insight into the maternal experience. Addressing the duality of nature and nurture as they come together in shaping the complex identity of 'mother,' it becomes clear how unrealistic and simplistic our expectations have become. The essays in this text open avenues for compassion and curiosity which will foster our understanding of one of the most important roles we may hold in our lives as women-that of mother. -- Melissa Sulkowski, Licensed Professional Counselor Readers will find the individual chapters to be engaging, carefully theorized, and well argued, but it is the collection's clear, consistent focus on the unifying theme that is most impressive, even as the chapters cover a wide range of genres and historical periods. Moreover, the strong feminist approach to the theme of mothering and trauma/displacement is a very important contribution to mothering studies, which scholars and students will appreciate. -- Pegeen Reichert Powell, Columbia College Chicago
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About Catalina Florina Florescu

Catalina Florina Florescu teaches American drama, theory, and writing at Wagner College. She is the author of the critical work, Transacting Sites of the Liminal Bodily Spaces. She has also written a memoir entitled Inventing Me/Exercitii de retrait.
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