Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment, and Transformation

Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment, and Transformation

by Andrea O'Reilly
     
 

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In 1976, Adrienne Rich wrote in Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution that “the cathexis between mother and daughter—essential, distorted, misused—is the great unwritten story.” In the quarter century since Rich wrote those words, the topic of mothers and daughters has emerged as a salient issue in feminist scholarship.

Overview

In 1976, Adrienne Rich wrote in Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution that “the cathexis between mother and daughter—essential, distorted, misused—is the great unwritten story.” In the quarter century since Rich wrote those words, the topic of mothers and daughters has emerged as a salient issue in feminist scholarship. Using women’s writing, film, feminist theory, and personal experience, contributors to Mothers and Daughters explore how the mother/daughter relationship is represented and experienced as a site of empowerment. This volume will offer readers an important and welcome chapter in the story of the complex relationship that is a part of nearly every woman’s life.

Editorial Reviews

Nwsa Journal
...provocative volume. ...worthy of classroom interrogation. Offers nuanced and rich ways of considering the complexities of the mother-child relationship. The diversity and inclusivity that punctuate the book offer necessary depth and varying perspectives to classes and courses that privilege gender, class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality.
Sara Ruddick
A splendid collection that resoundingly confirms the centrality of mother-daughter relationships to women’s well-being and feminist politics. Recognizing the perspectives of adult women as well as girls, the editors are committed to strengthening sturdy reliable connections between mothers and daughters without denying the forces that drive them apart. Offering a rich array of stories from different social classes, ethnicities, races, religions, sexualities, and nations, Mothers and Daughters is a welcome addition to ongoing feminist revisions of an intimate yet politically resonant relationship.
Feminist Formations
...provocative volume. ...worthy of classroom interrogation. Offers nuanced and rich ways of considering the complexities of the mother-child relationship. The diversity and inclusivity that punctuate the book offer necessary depth and varying perspectives to classes and courses that privilege gender, class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality.
Miriam M. Johnson
I was excited to find a collection in which authors from various cultures go beyond praise and blame to illuminate the positive potential of the mother-daughter connection in the face of cultural impediments. The variety of formats and perspectives add further depth and new insights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847694860
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author

Andrea O'Reilly is assistant professor in the School of Women's Studies at York University. Sharon Abbey is assistant professor of education at Brock University.

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