Representations Of Motherhood / Edition 1

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Offering new perspectives on motherhood, distinguished contributors from a variety of fields look at the conflicting positions on motherhood within the feminist movement; draw on psychoanalysis to grapple with mothers' profoundly ambivalent feelings toward their children; discuss how advances in medicine influence the meaning of motherhood; and examine how representations of mothers in art, film, literature, the social and behavioral sciences, and historical writing have affected women.

"The significant contribution of this collection of essays is its repeated re-presentation of the mother as a fully bodied, real, complex person, a subject in her own right, both liberated and oppressed by the demands of birthing and rearing children."-Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, Cross Currents

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300068634
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/16/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,396,684
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The Acknowledgment and Appropriation of Maternal Work
1 Thinking Mothers/Conceiving Birth 29
2 Fictions of Home 46
3 Shifting the Center: Race, Class, and Feminist Theorizing about Motherhood 56
4 The Mothers of the Disappeared: Passion and Protest in Maternal Action 75
5 Maternity and Memory: Toni Morrison's Beloved 92
Pt. II The Paradoxical Nature of the Maternal Position
6 Being a Mother and Being a Psychoanalyst: Two Impossible Professions 113
7 The Omnipotent Mother: A Psychoanalytic Study of Fantasy and Reality 129
8 Mothering, Hate, and Winnicott 147
9 Maternal Subjectivity in the Culture of Nostalgia: Mourning and Memory 162
10 Rosalind: A Family Romance 174
Pt. III The Cultural Construction and Reconstruction of the Maternal Image
11 Images of the Maternal: An Interview with Barbara Kruger 198
12 The Power of "Positive" Diagnosis: Medical and Maternal Discourses on Amniocentesis 204
13 The Maternal Voice in the Technological Universe 220
14 Thinking the Nature Out of Mother 240
15 Sex, Work, and Motherhood: Maternal Subjectivity in Recent Visual Culture 256
16 Playing and Motherhood; or, How to Get the Most Out of the Avant-Garde 272
List of Contributors 283
Index 285
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