Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution

Author: Adrienne Rich

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393348105

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 9608

Adrienne Rich's influential and landmark investigation concerns both the experience and the institution of motherhood. The experience is her own—as a woman, a poet, a feminist, and a mother—but it is an experience determined by the institution, imposed on all women everywhere. She draws on personal materials, history, research, and literature to create a document of universal importance.

Working Mum

Author: Allison Pearson

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644208115

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 8334

Sie ist Mitte dreißig und die einzige weibliche Führungskraft einer Londoner Investmentfirma. Außerdem ist Kate die Mutter von Emily (6) und Ben (1). Trotz verständnisvollem Ehemann und perfekter Organisation schrammt sie chronisch am Rand der Katastrophe entlang. Verspätete Flugzeuge oder verschwundene Kuscheltiere sind Zeitbomben. Was aber bedeutet schon Bananenbrei auf dem Business-Kostüm gegen ein Lächeln des Babys? Da tritt genau das in ihr Leben, wofür Kate am allerwenigsten Zeit hat: ein anderer Mann. «Working Mum liest sich, als hätte Bridget Jones jetzt eine Familie.» (Brigitte) «Man muss nicht unbedingt Mutter sein, um dieses Buch zu lieben.» (Gala)

From Motherhood to Mothering

The Legacy of Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born

Author: Andrea O'Reilly

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791484130

Category: Social Science

Page: 261

View: 3472

Explores how Rich's work has influenced feminist scholarship on motherhood.

Encyclopedia of Women's Autobiography: K-Z

Author: Victoria Boynton,Jo Malin

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313327391

Category: Autobiography

Page: 625

View: 4449

Women have been writing autobiographical works for centuries, and these texts are a valuable source of information about their lives and times. They reflect the personal experiences of their authors as well as the larger cultural, political, and intellectual contexts in which they lived and wrote. Multicultural in scope and the first work of its kind, this encyclopedia overviews more than 400 years of autobiographical writing by women.

Blumen der Nacht

Author: V.C. Andrews

Publisher: Edel:Books

ISBN: 3955308480

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 9741

Von der Außenwelt abgeschlossen, vergessen von der Mutter, leben Cathy, Chris und die Zwillinge Carrie und Cory jahrelang im Halbdunkel eines Dachbodens. Die Mutter hält ihre eigenen Kinder von der Außenwelt fern, aus purer Geldgier. Sie wird nicht erben, wenn der Großvater von der Existenz seiner Enkel etwas erfährt...

Writing Across Cultures

Gender Politics and Difference in the Fiction of Buchi Emecheta

Author: Omar Sougou

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042013087

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 243

View: 5198

This is a timely and comprehensive study combining various critical approaches to the fiction of Buchi Emecheta, one of Africa's most illustrious and contentious women writers. Feminist (Showalter, Cixous, Kristeva) and postcolonial approaches (writing back) are taken to Emecheta's texts to illuminate the personal, political and aesthetic ramifications of the production of this “born writer.” Poststructural programmes of analysis are shown to be less relevant to this writer's fiction than Marxist and Bakhtinian perspectives. Emecheta is shown to be a bridge-builder between two cultures and two worlds in narratives (both challenging and popular) characterized by ambiguity, ambivalence and double-voiced discourse, all of which evince the writer's determination to expose imaginatively the colonial heritage of centre-periphery conflicts, cultural corruption, ethnic discrimination, gender oppression, and the migrant experience in multiracial communities.

Regretting Motherhood

Wenn Mütter bereuen

Author: Orna Donath

Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag

ISBN: 364118701X

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 9950

Darf man es bereuen, Mutter zu sein? Ein Tabubruch "Regretting Motherhood" thematisiert, was bisher kaum ausgesprochen wird: Dass viele Frauen in der Mutterschaft nicht die "vorgeschriebene" Erfüllung finden. Dass sie ihre Kinder lieben und trotzdem nicht Mutter sein wollen. Ih ihrem bahnbrechenden Buch analysiert die engagierte Soziologin Orna Donath die Dimension des Tabus und lässt Mütter selbst von ihren Erfahrungen berichten.

Precarious Parenthood

Doing Family in Literature and Film

Author: Tina-Karen Pusse,Katharina Walter

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 364390262X

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

View: 499

We all experience parenthood, if not as parents, then by way of having been parented or, in the face of ubiquitous images of idyllic family life, in the longing to be parents or to be parented. Thus, parenthood is one of the most powerful social constructs. This collection of essays gives evidence of the fact that families have never been "real;" that family, like gender or race, is not primarily based on biological criteria, but, above all, has to be performed and is a result of narratives. The relationship between these narratives - their variations in Irish, English, German, Mexican, and Chilean literature or film - and their material confinement is at the core of the essays gathered in this book. (Series: Cultural Studies / Kulturwissenschaft / Estudios Culturales / Etudes Culturelles - Vol. 40)

Writing Mothers and Daughters

Renegotiating the Mother in Western European Narratives by Women

Author: Adalgisa Giorgio

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781571819536

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 258

View: 3308

The psychoanalytic discovery of the importance of the preoedipal mother-daughter bond in the 1970s had an important impact on feminist literature. This book offers a systematic study of this theme in western European fiction.

Twenty-first Century Motherhood

Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency

Author: Andrea O'Reilly

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520476

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 1349

A pioneer of modern motherhood studies, Andrea O'Reilly explores motherhood's current representation and practice, considering developments that were unimaginable decades ago: the Internet, interracial surrogacy, raising transchildren, male mothering, intensive mothering, queer parenting, the applications of new biotechnologies, and mothering in the post-9/11 era. Her work pulls together a range of disciplines and themes in motherhood studies. She confronts the effects of globalization, HIV/AIDS, welfare reform, politicians as mothers, third wave feminism, and the evolving motherhood movement, and she incorporates Chicana, African-American, Canadian, Muslim, queer, low-income, trans, and lesbian perspectives.

Mothers and Sons

Feminism, Masculinity, and the Struggle to Raise Our Sons

Author: Andrea O'Reilly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135960070

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 2986

First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Erotic Attunement

Parenthood and the Ethics of Sensuality Between Unequals

Author: Cristina L. H. Traina

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226811387


Page: 363

View: 9783

Heightened awareness of the problem of sexual abuse has led to deep anxiety over adults touching children—in nearly any context. Though our society has moved toward increasingly strict enforcement of this taboo, studies have shown that young children need regular human contact, and the benefits of breastfeeding have been widely extolled. Exploring the complicated history of love, desire, gender, sexuality, parenthood, and inequality, Erotic Attunement probes the disquieting issue of how we can draw a clear line between natural affection toward children and perverse exploitation of them. Cristina L. H. Traina demonstrates that we cannot determine what is wrong about sexual abuse without first understanding what is good about appropriate sensual affection. Pondering topics such as the importance of touch in nurturing children, the psychology of abuse and victimhood, and recent ideologies of motherhood, she argues that we must expand our philosophical and theological language of physical love and make a distinction between sexual love and erotic love. Taking on theological and ethical arguments over the question of sexuality between unequals, she arrives at the provocative conclusion that it can be destructive to completely bar eroticism from these relationships.

Feminisms and Womanisms

A Women's Studies Reader

Author: Althea Prince,Susan Silva-Wayne

Publisher: Canadian Scholars’ Press

ISBN: 0889614113

Category: Social Science

Page: 551

View: 600

Feminisms and Womanisms brings together theory and practical application, so that feminist discourse interacts as a partner with the lived experience of women's social action. The selections combine classics in feminist thought with work from modern theorists and offer a solid foundation in international feminism. The conceptual understanding embedded in the terms feminism and womanism contributes to feminist discourse, a carefully differentiated focus on the ideological uses of language to define relationships that have been historically mired in domination. The terms also define the way gender often has been used to signify and support domination. Given that feminism and womanism are interpretive concepts, there is always a sense that knowledge-making is in progress; for there is nothing static or stagnant about feminism, feminist theory and feminist action. The formative nature of the feminist movement has, of necessity, a parallel interpretive theory. This reader embraces both the formative nature of the movement and the accompanying interpretive theories. It also pays attention to the chronological, cultural, geopolitical, racial and ethnic landscapes and sites where women live, carry out social action and theorize issues of equality. For both the general and academic reader, this book will be edifying while providing exposure to the feminist, womanist voices that inform the scholarship.


Power and Oppression

Author: Marie Porter,Andrea O'Reilly,Patricia Short

Publisher: Women's Press (CA)



Page: 300

View: 3900

Motherhood: Power and Oppression expands the scholarship on motherhood from a feminist perspective, examining particularly how motherhood is simultaneously a site of power and of oppression. The collection draws on psychological, historical, sociological, literary, and cultural approaches to inquiry. It includes methodology and theory from a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives: qualitative, quantitative, corporeal, legal, religious, fictional, mythological, dramatic and action research, and feminist research and practice. The book would be of interest to the many scholars who teach and carry out research on motherhood and on the family, as well in the more general fields of women's studies and cultural studies.

Mothers and Daughters in Arab Women's Literature

The Family Frontier

Author: Dalya Abudi

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004181148

Category: Social Science

Page: 335

View: 5861

This study explores the mother-daughter relationship as the most fundamental and most intimate female relationship. It draws on both early and contemporary writings of Arab women to illuminate the traditional and evolving nature of mother-daughter relationships in Arab families and how these family dynamics reflect and influence modern Arab life.

Mothers and Daughters

Connection, Empowerment, and Transformation

Author: Andrea O'Reilly,Sharon Abbey

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847694877

Category: Social Science

Page: 302

View: 6427

In 1976, Adrienne Rich wrote in Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution that Othe cathexis between mother and daughter_essential, distorted, misused_is the great unwritten story.O 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 womenOs 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 womanOs life.

The Vulnerable Empowered Woman

Feminism, Postfeminism, and Women's Health

Author: Tasha N. Dubriwny

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813554020

Category: Medical

Page: 248

View: 3850

The feminist women’s health movement of the 1960s and 1970s is credited with creating significant changes in the healthcare industry and bringing women’s health issues to public attention. Decades later, women’s health issues are more visible than ever before, but that visibility is made possible by a process of depoliticization The Vulnerable Empowered Woman assesses the state of women’s healthcare today by analyzing popular media representations—television, print newspapers, websites, advertisements, blogs, and memoirs—in order to understand the ways in which breast cancer, postpartum depression, and cervical cancer are discussed in American public life. From narratives about prophylactic mastectomies to young girls receiving a vaccine for sexually transmitted disease, the representations of women’s health today form a single restrictive identity: the vulnerable empowered woman. This identity defuses feminist notions of collective empowerment and social change by drawing from both postfeminist and neoliberal ideologies. The woman is vulnerable because of her very femininity and is empowered not to change the world, but to choose from among a limited set of medical treatments. The media’s depiction of the vulnerable empowered woman’s relationship with biomedicine promotes traditional gender roles and affirms women’s unquestioning reliance on medical science for empowerment. The book concludes with a call to repoliticize women’s health through narratives that can help us imagine women—and their relationship to medicine—differently.