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Mothers and Daughters in the Twentieth Century: A Literary Anthology

Mothers and Daughters in the Twentieth Century: A Literary Anthology

by Heather Ingman
     
 

This anthology of women's writing on the mother-daughter relationship covers the whole of the twentieth century and includes writing from many different cultures - black American, Jewish, West Indian, Irish, Chinese-American. The anthology has headnotes giving brief biographical details for each author plus suggestions for further reading. There is a substantial

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This anthology of women's writing on the mother-daughter relationship covers the whole of the twentieth century and includes writing from many different cultures - black American, Jewish, West Indian, Irish, Chinese-American. The anthology has headnotes giving brief biographical details for each author plus suggestions for further reading. There is a substantial introduction tracking the evolution of the mother-daughter relationship in the twentieth century, setting it in the context of developments in psychoanalytical and feminist theory.

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KLIATT
This anthology explores links between mothers and daughters as expressed in the literatures of different cultures across the decades of the 20th century. The concept of "motherhood" has evolved, shaped by race, class and history, throughout these 100 years. Many female writers of this century found that their own stories began in the bond they shared with their mothers. These women came to understand themselves better as they wrote about this relationship. Ingman provides an impressive introduction, which traces the evolution of the mother-daughter relationship and integrates related feminist and psychoanalytic theory. Each excerpt begins with biographical information about the author, which sets the social and cultural context of that selection. Some of the themes explored are: hostility between mothers and daughters; the need for reconciliation; the mother's voice silenced in patriarchal religion and society; oppression of working-class mothers and daughters; maternal separation; conflicting responsibilities of a mother for children and career; exclusivity of mother-daughter bond; lesbianism; inadequate representation of motherhood in western culture; connection of daughters to cultural roots of mothers; daughters fulfilling maternal dreams; and childbirth and motherhood as a source of creativity. Well-known writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry like Maya Angelou, Adrienne Rich, Virginia Woolf, Amy Tan, and Alice Walker appear side by side with less familiar authors like Anzia Yezierska, Winifred Holtby, Eavan Boland, and Zee Edgell. A rich resource for readers of all ages. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults.1999, Columbia Univ. Press/Edinburgh Univ. Press, 304p, 22cm, $19.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Susan G. Allison; Libn., Lewiston H.S., Lewiston, ME, September 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748611751
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
03/23/2000
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Heather Ingman is Lecturer in English at the University of Hull

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