Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution

Author: Adrienne Rich

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393348105

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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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.
Posted in Social Science

From Motherhood to Mothering

The Legacy of Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born

Author: Andrea O'Reilly

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791484130

Category: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

Page: 261

View: 2149

Explores how Rich's work has influenced feminist scholarship on motherhood.
Posted in FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

Motherhood

Power and Oppression

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

Publisher: Women's Press (CA)

ISBN: N.A

Category: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

Page: 300

View: 6880

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.
Posted in FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

Mother Reader

Essential Literature on Motherhood

Author: Moyra Davey

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609801024

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 376

View: 4192

The intersection of motherhood and creative life is explored in these writings on mothering that turn the spotlight from the child to the mother herself. Here, in memoirs, testimonials, diaries, essays, and fiction, mothers describe first-hand the changes brought to their lives by pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering. Many of the writers articulate difficult and socially unsanctioned maternal anger and ambivalence. In Mother Reader, motherhood is scrutinized for all its painful and illuminating subtleties, and addressed with unconventional wisdom and candor. What emerges is a sense of a community of writers speaking to and about each other out of a common experience, and a compilation of extraordinary literature never before assembled in a single volume.
Posted in Health & Fitness

Feminist Art and the Maternal

Author: Andrea Liss

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816646228

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

View: 9076

Feminist motherhood is a surprisingly unexplored subject. In fact, feminism and motherhood have been often thought of as incompatible. Profound, provocative, and innovative, Feminist Art and the Maternal is the first work to critically examine the dilemmas and promises of representing feminist motherhood in contemporary art and visual culture. Andrea Liss skillfully incorporates theory with passionate personal reflections on the maternal, and in doing so she advances a fresh and necessary perspective on both feminism and art.
Posted in Social Science

Maternal Thinking

Toward a Politics of Peace ; with a New Preface

Author: Sara Ruddick

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807014097

Category: Political Science

Page: 291

View: 2322

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year 1989 Philosopher, mother, and feminist Sara Ruddick examines the discipline of mothering, showing for the first time how the day-to-day work of raising children gives rise to distinctive ways of thinking.
Posted in Political Science

Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations

Author: Adrienne Rich

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393345734

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 208

View: 7033

"Adrienne Rich's new prose collection could have been titled The Essential Rich."—Women's Review of Books These essays trace a distinguished writer's engagement with her time, her arguments with herself and others. "I am a poet who knows the social power of poetry, a United States citizen who knows herself irrevocably tangled in her society's hopes, arrogance, and despair," Adrienne Rich writes. The essays in Arts of the Possible search for possibilities beyond a compromised, degraded system, seeking to imagine something else. They call on the fluidity of the imagination, from poetic vision to social justice, from the badlands of political demoralization to an art that might wound, that may open scars when engaged in its work, but will finally suture and not tear apart. This volume collects Rich's essays from the last decade of the twentieth century, including four earlier essays, as well as several conversations that go further than the usual interview. Also included is her essay explaining her reasons for declining the National Medal for the Arts. "The work is inspired and inspiring."—Alicia Ostriker "[S]o clear and clean and thorough. I learn from her again and again."—Grace Paley
Posted in Literary Collections

Twenty-first Century Motherhood

Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency

Author: Andrea O'Reilly

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520476

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 3467

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.
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Representations of Motherhood

Author: Donna Bassin,Margaret Honey,Meryle Mahrer Kaplan

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300068634

Category: Psychology

Page: 294

View: 4616

Explores the maternal experience from the mother's point of view. The book questions a society that has devalued and sentimentalized motherhood, and presents images of generative and creative women who are also mothers. It also discusses the portrayal of mothers in art, film and literature.
Posted in Psychology

Rhetorics of Motherhood

Author: Lindal Buchanan

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809332213

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 170

View: 1635

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Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Essential Essays: Culture, Politics, and the Art of Poetry

Author: Adrienne Rich

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393355144

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 352

View: 323

A career-spanning selection of the lucid, courageous, and boldly political prose of National Book Award winner Adrienne Rich. Adrienne Rich was an award-winning poet, influential essayist, radical feminist, and major intellectual voice of her generation. Essential Essays gathers twenty-five of her most renowned essays into one volume, demonstrating the lasting brilliance of her voice, her prophetic vision, and her revolutionary views on social justice. Rich’s essays unite the political, personal, and poetical like no other. Essential Essays is edited and includes an introduction by leading feminist scholar, literary critic, and poet Sandra M. Gilbert. Emphasizing Rich’s lifelong intellectual engagement, the essays selected here range from the 1960s to 2008. The volume contains one of Rich’s earliest essays,“When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision,” which discusses the need for female self-definition, along with excerpts from her ambitious, ground-breaking Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution. As the New York Times wrote, Rich “brought the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse,” as evidenced in her 1980 essay, “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence.” Also among these insightful and forward-thinking works are: “Split at the Root: An Essay on Jewish Identity”; excerpts from What Is Found There, about the need to reexamine the literary canon; “Why I Refused the National Medal for the Arts”; “Poetry and the Forgotten Future”; and other writings that profoundly shaped second-wave feminism, each balanced by Rich’s signature blend of research, theory, and self-reflection.
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Maternal Theory

Essential Readings

Author: Andrea O'Reilly

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781927335536

Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Page: 846

View: 6136

Posted in POLITICAL SCIENCE

The Mommy Myth

The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined All Women

Author: Susan Douglas,Meredith Michaels

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743260466

Category: Self-Help

Page: 383

View: 8810

Challenges idealized concepts about motherhood that the author believes compromise women's rights and empowerment without benefiting children, citing such factors as unrealistic parenting standards, media scare tactics, Reprint. 500,000 first printing.
Posted in Self-Help

Mothers

An Essay on Love and Cruelty

Author: Jacqueline Rose

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374715831

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 2962

A simple argument guides this book: motherhood is the place in our culture where we lodge, or rather bury, the reality of our own conflicts. By making mothers the objects of both licensed idealization and cruelty, we blind ourselves to the world’s iniquities and shut down the portals of the heart. Mothers are the ultimate scapegoat for our personal and political failings, for everything that is wrong with the world, which becomes their task (unrealizable, of course) to repair. Moving commandingly between pop cultural references such as Roald Dahl’s Matilda to insights on motherhood in the ancient world and the contemporary stigmatization of single mothers, Jacqueline Rose delivers a groundbreaking report into something so prevalent we hardly notice. Mothers is an incisive, rousing call to action from one of our most important contemporary thinkers.
Posted in Social Science

Poems: Selected and New, 1950-1974

Author: Adrienne Cecile Rich

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: N.A

Category: American poetry

Page: 256

View: 8958

Posted in American poetry

Motherhood and Feminism

Seal Studies

Author: Amber E. Kinser

Publisher: Seal Press

ISBN: 158005353X

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

View: 2149

How does feminism relate to motherhood, how has it changed over time, and what does the future of motherhood and feminism look like? These are just some of the questions Amber E. Kinser, PhD, tackles in this latest addition to the Seal Studies Series. Motherhood and Feminism examines the role of feminism within motherhood—a topic that has garnered a lot of attention lately as society shifts to adapt to new definitions of these roles—and offers insight into the core questions of motherhood: what it means to be a good mother, what role mothers play in the family and in society, and how motherhood has been redefined throughout time. Kinser also speculates on the future directions of feminism—focusing on the expansion of contemporary mother activism that has occurred in the last 15 years, and emphasizing the need for that expansion to continue—and examines how the changing world of motherhood fits into feminist activism.
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Perfect Madness

Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

Author: Judith Warner

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781594481703

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 332

View: 6240

An exploration of the world of modern motherhood describes the author's early parenting experiences in Paris and how they contrasted with anxiety-marked parenting expectations in the United States, drawing on mainstream media sources to identify what is shaping American cultural assumptions about parenting. By the author of Hilary Clinton: The Inside Story. Reprint.
Posted in Family & Relationships

Mother Outlaws

Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering

Author: Andrea O'Reilly

Publisher: Womens Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 441

View: 5742

Feminist scholars of motherhood distinguish between mothering and motherhood, and argue that the latter is a patriarchal institution that is oppressive to women. Few scholars, however, have considered how mothering, as a female defined and centred experience, may be a site of empowerment for women. This collection is the first to do so. The book examines how mothers imagine and implement theories and practices of mothering that are empowering to women. Central to this inquiry is the recognition that mothers and children benefit when the mother lives her life, and practices mothering, from a position of agency, authority, authenticity, and autonomy. The collection has five sections: Feminist Mothering, Lesbian Mothering, African-American Mothering, Mothers and Daughters, and Mothers and Sons.
Posted in Family & Relationships