From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born


Explores how Rich's work has influenced feminist scholarship on motherhood.
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From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born

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Explores how Rich's work has influenced feminist scholarship on motherhood.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791462881
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 251
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea O’Reilly is Associate Professor in the School of Women’s Studies at York University and Director of the Association for Research on Mothering. She is the author and editor of several books on mothering, including Toni Morrison and Motherhood: A Politics of the Heart, also published by SUNY Press; Mothers and Sons: Feminism, Masculinity, and the Struggle to Raise Our Sons; and Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering.

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Table of Contents


Andrea O'Reilly

PART ONE: Motherhood as Institution: Patriarchal Power and Maternal Outrage

1. The Supreme Court of Canada and What It Means to Be "Of Woman Born"
Diana Ginn

2. Of Party-State Born: Motherhood, Reproductive Politics, and the Chinese Nation-State
Sarah E. Stevens

3. Murderous Mothers: Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born and Toni Morrison's Beloved
Emily Jeremiah

PART TWO: Mothering as Experience: Empowerment and Resistance

4. "We Have Mama but No Papa": Motherhood in Women-Centered Societies
Maria-Barbara Watson-Franke

5. Mother as Transformer: Strategic Symbols of Matrilineage Recuperation in Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots
Dannabang Kuwabong

6. Of Woman (but Not Man or the Nuclear Family) Born: Motherhood Outside Institutionalized Heterosexuality
Kate McCullough

7. Feminist Mothers: Successfully Negotiating the Tension between Motherhood as "Institution" and "Experience"
Fiona Joy Green

8. Immortality and Morality in Contemporary Reworkings of the Demeter/Persephone Myth
Karin Voth Harman

9. Mothering against Motherhood and the Possibility of Empowered Maternity for Mothers and Their Children
Andrea O'Reilly

10. The Broken Shovel: Looking Back from Postmaternity at Co-Parenting
Margaret Morganroth Gullette

PART THREE: Narrating Maternity: Writing as a Mother

11. Adrienne Rich's "Clearing in the Imagination": Of Woman Born as Literary Criticism
D'Arcy Randall

12. A "Sense of Drift": Adrienne Rich's Emergence from Mother to Poet
Jeannette E. Riley

13. Beginning with "I": The Legacy of Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born
Ann Keniston

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