Motherhood and Representation: The Mother in Popular Culture and Melodrama

Motherhood and Representation: The Mother in Popular Culture and Melodrama

by E. Ann Kaplan
     
 

From novels of the nineteenth century to films of the 1990s, American culture, abounds with images of white, middle-class mothers. In Motherhood and Representation, E. Ann Kaplan considers how the mother appears in three related spheres: the historical, in which she charts changing representations of the mother from 1830 to the postmodernist present; the

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From novels of the nineteenth century to films of the 1990s, American culture, abounds with images of white, middle-class mothers. In Motherhood and Representation, E. Ann Kaplan considers how the mother appears in three related spheres: the historical, in which she charts changing representations of the mother from 1830 to the postmodernist present; the psychoanalytic, which discusses theories of the mother from Freud to Lacan and the French Feminists; and the mother as she is figured in cultural representations: in literary and film texts such as East Lynne, Marnie and the The Handmaid's Tale, as well as in journalism and popular manuals on motherhood. Kaplan's analysis identifies two dominant paradigms of the mother as 'Angel' and 'Witch', and charts the contesting and often contradictory discourses of the mother in present-day America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415011273
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/05/1992
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. IHistory and theory discourses
1Introduction3
2The Historical Sphere: Motherhood as institution and social discourse17
3The Psychoanalytic Sphere and Motherhood Discourse27
Pt. IIMotherhood and fictional representation
4Women's Writing, Melodrama and Film59
5The Maternal Melodrama: The Sacrifice Paradigm: Ellen Wood's East Lynne and its play and film versions76
6The Maternal Melodrama: The "Phallic" Mother Paradigm: Now Voyager (1942) and Marnie (1964)107
7The "Resisting" Text Within The Patriarchal "Feminine": Nineteenth-century women's writing and the "maternal woman's film" in the silent era: Uncle Tom's Cabin; Herland; The Blot; The Crowd; Applause124
8The "Resisting" Maternal Woman's Film 1930-60: Arzner's Christopher Strong and Craig's Wife; Imitation of Life (1934 and 1959); Stella Dallas (1937); select Sirk films149
9Sex, Work and Mother/Fatherhood: Consumerism, science and reproductive technologies in the postmodern era180
Notes220
Bibliography227
Names index239
Subject index245

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