Images of Mothers in Literature for Young Adults by Rhoda J. Maxwell
In Images of Mothers in Literature for Young Adults, the characteristics of mothers in contemporary society are examined. Their sociological roles as wage earners, family members, and women in general are also described. The portrayal of mothers in books for young people is analyzed and a comparison between real-life and fictional mothers is made. The significance of the similarities and differences between the two is discussed with respect to young adult experiences and development. The study concludes by taking a look at how the young adult readers' perceptions can relate to discussions both at home and at school.
The Author: Rhoda J. Maxwell is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In addition, she is the Director of English Composition and Director of the West Central Wisconsin Writing Project. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Dr. Maxwell has given numerous presentations and inservices for school districts as well as state and national conferences. She is a former editor of the Wisconsin English Journal and is co-author of the text, Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Schools.