Writing Mothers and Daughters: Renegotiating the Mother in Western European Narratives by Women by Adalgisa Giorgio | 9781571819536 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Writing Mothers and Daughters: Renegotiating the Mother in Western European Narratives by Women

Writing Mothers and Daughters: Renegotiating the Mother in Western European Narratives by Women

by Adalgisa Giorgio
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571819533

ISBN-13: 9781571819536

Pub. Date: 11/15/2001

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

The psychoanalytic discovery of the importance of the pre-oedipal mother-daughter bond in the 1970s generated a vast amount of feminist theory attempting to identify the specificity of, and give value to, the daughter's relationship to her mother. At the same time women writers engaged in the complex task of representing this highly conflictual relationship

Overview

The psychoanalytic discovery of the importance of the pre-oedipal mother-daughter bond in the 1970s generated a vast amount of feminist theory attempting to identify the specificity of, and give value to, the daughter's relationship to her mother. At the same time women writers engaged in the complex task of representing this highly conflictual relationship which had been largely absent in women's narrative until then. Although much criticism has been written on individual texts, no systematic study of the development of this theme in Western European fiction exists.

This book offers the first comparative assessment of the subject-matter in England, France, Germany and Austria, Ireland, Italy, and Spain in the second half of last century. The six main chapters explore the interplay between narrative strategies, psychic structures, and socio-political and cultural processes in the textual representation of the relationship in each country, thus providing original interpretations both of classic texts by established writers and of more recent narratives by new or emerging authors. Among the writers featured are Steedman, Diski, Winterson, Tennant, de Beauvoir, Leduc, Djura, Wolf, Jelinek, Mitgutsch, Novak, Lavin, O'Brien, O'Faoláin, Morante, Sanvitale, Ramondino, Chacel, Rodoreda, Martín Gaite.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571819536
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/15/2001
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
62.50(w) x 92.50(h) x 7.50(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Notes on Contributorsxii
Introduction: Mothers and Daughters in Western Europe: Mapping the Territory1
Chapter 1Writing the Mother--Daughter Relationship: Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Literary Criticism11
Chapter 2Towards a Female Symbolic: Re-Presenting Mothers and Daughters in Contemporary Spanish Narrative by Women47
Chapter 3'The Horror of the Unlived Life': Mother--Daughter Relationships in Contemporary Irish Women's Fiction85
Chapter 4The Passion for the Mother: Conflicts and Idealisations in Contemporary Italian Narrative by Women119
Chapter 5Writing Mother--Daughter Relationality in the French Context155
Chapter 6Bad Daughters and Unmotherly Mothers: The New Family Plot in the Contemporary English Novel185
Chapter 7Power and Powerlessness: Mothers and Daughters in Postwar German and Austrian Literature215
Index251

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