Bearing Life: Women's Writings on Childlessness / Edition 1

Bearing Life: Women's Writings on Childlessness / Edition 1

by Rochelle Ratner
     
 


"Ratner's premier literary anthology widens the family circle to embrace childless women and recognize their invaluable contributions to our collective soul."--BooklistSee more details below

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"Ratner's premier literary anthology widens the family circle to embrace childless women and recognize their invaluable contributions to our collective soul."--Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558612754
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Edition description:
1st Paperback Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvi
Introduction1
Part 1Facing Choice13
January 195315
Reminded of My Biological Clock--While Looking at Georgia O'Keeffe's Pelvis One16
Women Without Children/Women Without Families/Women Alone19
This Is a Question I Do Not Answer29
From Rita Will31
Old Maids36
The daughter of fur38
The Vow40
Tie Me Up, Tie Me Off48
Minor Surgery51
From The Joy Luck Club60
Antisocial Baby Notes64
Pretty Story67
Something I Forgot to Tell You69
Meditations on Childlessness70
The Case Against Babies77
The Arm Baby84
Outside the Hive: A Meditation on Childlessness92
Part 2Knowing Loss103
I Get My Period, September 1964105
From Crossing the Moon106
Forty, Trembling112
The Wash House113
Outside Pisa120
The Deferred Dream122
The Childless Woman Poems131
The Mother134
Cutting My Heart Out: Notes Toward a Novel136
The Weremother140
Stork Talk144
Mother and Two Daughters147
Taking the Train to Harmon155
Norton #59900157
The Child Taken from the Mother163
In the Garden165
All the Colors of Sunset168
Nothing172
Mother of Nothing173
Part 3Bearing Life175
Land of the Living177
Liferower179
You Remember Sophia182
From Obasan185
A Lifetime188
Hairball190
Chick Without Children: The Latest Celebrity Interview200
Cherry-Shiree204
Parent As a Verb209
The Question of Children211
All My Kids213
Imagining Motherhood218
From Black Woman Artist Becoming222
From Journal of a Solitude226
Upbringing231
About the Authors233
Further Reading242
Credits244

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