Writers and Their Mothers

Writers and Their Mothers

Ian McEwan, Margaret Drabble, Martin Amis, Rita Dove, Andrew Motion and Anthony Thwaite are among the twenty-two distinguished contributors of original essays to this landmark volume on the profound and frequently perplexing bond between ...

Author: Dale Salwak

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319683485

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 258

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Ian McEwan, Margaret Drabble, Martin Amis, Rita Dove, Andrew Motion and Anthony Thwaite are among the twenty-two distinguished contributors of original essays to this landmark volume on the profound and frequently perplexing bond between writer and mother. In compelling detail they bring to life the thoughts, work, loves, friendships, passions and, above all, the influence of mothers upon their literary offspring from Shakespeare to the present. Many of the contributors evoke the ideal with fond and loving memories: understanding, selfless, spiritual, tender, protective, reassuring and self-assured mothers who created environments favorable to the development of their children’s gifts. At the opposite end of the parenting spectrum, however, we also see tortured mothers who ignored, interfered with, smothered or abandoned their children. Their early years were times of traumatic loss, unhappily dominated by death and human frailty. Elegantly assembled and presented, riters and Their Mothers will appeal to everyone interested in biography, literature, and creativity in general.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Every Woman I ve Ever Loved

Every Woman I ve Ever Loved

Contributors include Claudia Bepko, Jyl Lynn Felman, Meg Daly, Joan Nestle, Laura Markowitz, Jane Miller, Linda Niemann, Mattie Richardson, Maureen Seaton and Shay Youngblood. Photos.

Author: Audre Lorde

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015040060603

Category: Fiction

Page: 218

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An impressive lineup of lesbian authors examines the mother-daughter relationship in essays, poems, dramatic monologues, and even one photo essay. As women who love women, these writers bring passionate intensity and complicated depths to this fundamental first love. Contributors include Claudia Bepko, Jyl Lynn Felman, Meg Daly, Joan Nestle, Laura Markowitz, Jane Miller, Linda Niemann, Mattie Richardson, Maureen Seaton and Shay Youngblood. Photos.
Categories: Fiction

Writing Mothers Writing Daughters

Writing Mothers  Writing Daughters

Writing Mothers, Writing Daughters contains thematically organized chapters, each discussing the literary works of several 'daughters.

Author: Janet Burstein

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252065557

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 205

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Writing Mothers, Writing Daughters contains thematically organized chapters, each discussing the literary works of several 'daughters.' Whereas early immigrant daughters translated their mothers' behavior into the vernacular of their own American experiences, some later daughters attempted to sever connections with the traditional ethnic and gendered givens of their mothers' lives.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Mothers Through the Eyes of Women Writers

Mothers Through the Eyes of Women Writers

46 HONEST AND MOVING STORIES OF OTHER-DAUGHTER Reiaiionships The
mother-daughter bond is eternal and ... Writers, some of today's most gifted
writers offer stories about the emotions and experiences of being their mothers' ...

Author: Judith Shapiro

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 1609256476

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Fifty daughters, from literary luminaries to award-winning voices of the next generation, take on a topic at once tender and challenging — mothers. They offer essays, stories, and poems that explore how perceptions of mothers have changed. Contributors include Natalie Angier, Zora Neale Hurston, Erica Jong, Edwidge Danticat, Margaret Mead, and Anna Quindlen.
Categories: Social Science

It s a Boy

It s a Boy

The result is It's A Boy, a wide-ranging, often-humorous, and honest collection of essays about the experience of mothering boys.

Author: Andrea J. Buchanan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780786746323

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 272

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The most popular question any pregnant woman is asked — aside from "When are you due?" — has got to be "Are you having a girl or a boy?" When author Andrea Buchanan, already a mom to a little girl, was pregnant with her second child, she marveled at the response of friends and total strangers alike: "Boys are wonderful," "Boys are so much better than girls," "Boys love their mothers differently than girls." This constant refrain led her to explore the issue herself, with help from her fellow writers and moms, many of whom had had the same experience. The result is It's A Boy, a wide-ranging, often-humorous, and honest collection of essays about the experience of mothering boys. Taking on topics like aggression, parenting a teenage boy, and wishing for a daughter but getting a son, It's A Boy explores what it's like to mother sons and how that experience may be different, but no less satisfying, than mothering girls.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Writing Motherhood

Writing Motherhood

Part instruction, part inspiration, this resource shows women that just as mothering is rich in material for writing, writing is an invaluable tool for mothering.

Author: Lisa Garrigues

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743297387

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 336

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Part instruction, part inspiration, this resource shows women that just as mothering is rich in material for writing, writing is an invaluable tool for mothering.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Protest and Possibility in the Writing of Tillie Olsen

Protest and Possibility in the Writing of Tillie Olsen

Several years after her famous 1971 talk at the Modern Language Association
Forum on Women Writers in the Twentieth Century, Olsen reflected that she
barely touched the subject of the gifts mothers give, fearing that the many
childless ...

Author: Mara Faulkner

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813914175

Category: Social Science

Page: 178

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Tillie Olsen's fiction and nonfiction portray, with all their harsh contours, the lives of people who cannot speak for themselves or whose words have been forgotten or ignored. Olsen's writing is neither serene nor despairing. In this sensitive thematic reading, Mara Faulkner shows that its most subversive function is the assertion that human life can be other than and more than it is. Olsen's promise of full creative life aims to make her readers forever dissatisfied with physical, emotional, and intellectual starvation. Faulkner finds in Olsen's writing a triple-layered pattern combining protest against oppression (blight), celebration of courage and strength (fruit), and the heartening dream of a radically transformed future world (possibility). She focuses on four of Olsen's main themes - motherhood, the relationship between men and women, community, and language - and shows how, because of social and economic circumstances, potentially creative tensions become destructive contradictions: motherhood stifles women's lives, patriarchy and poverty turn men into enemies of women and children, communities force their members into betrayal, and language distorts or erases human experience. Olsen reveals, according to Faulkner, the overlapping oppressions of class, race, gender, nationality, education, and age that both link people and set them apart. Yet, she refuses to exalt suffering and deprivation. In this comprehensive examination of a literature of social consciousness, Faulkner approaches Olsen's works within their historical, social, and political contexts without treating them as propaganda. In fact, she shows that it is Olsen's compressed, poetic style that gives her writing itsrevolutionary power. She illuminates both the author's individual talent and the traditions in which her works were created - traditions of women writers of color, writers of the working class, and writers who were immigrants or children of immigrants.
Categories: Social Science

Women s Fiction Between the Wars

Women s Fiction Between the Wars

Focusing on six key writers of the inter-war period--Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Elizabeth Bowen, Rose Macaulay and Jean Rhys--this book looks at the way these writers explore the mother-daughter relation, ...

Author: Heather Ingman

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312215150

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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Focusing on six key writers of the inter-war period--Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Elizabeth Bowen, Rose Macaulay and Jean Rhys--this book looks at the way these writers explore the mother-daughter relation, finding in it a key to their identity as women and as artists. By situating the mother-daughter story within a specific historical context, Heather Ingman is able, for the first time, to draw parallels between the work of women novelists and that of female psychoanalysts Helene Deutsch, Melanie Klein and Karen Horney during the inter-war period. Her book argues that inter-war women writers renegotiate motherhood, rescuing it from Freud's hostile account and remolding it to suit women's actual experience in a way that empowers them as artists.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Mother Reader

Mother Reader

A collection of memoirs, diaries, essays, testimonials, and short stories by thirty women writers--including Margaret Atwood's "Giving Birth," "A Woman's Prerogative" by Mary Gaitskill, and Jane Lazarre's "The Mother Knot"--explores the joy ...

Author: Moyra Davey

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1583220720

Category: Fiction

Page: 356

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This anthology of writings on motherhood turns the spotlight away from the child to the mother herself. Memoirs, testimonials, diaries, essays and fiction describe the powerful changes brought into these writers' lives by pregnancy, childbirth and mothering. Contributors include Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison Sylvia Plath, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Leguin, Grace Paley and Alice Walker. The editor is a photographer for The New York Times.
Categories: Fiction

Women Writers and the Artifacts of Celebrity in the Long Nineteenth Century

Women Writers and the Artifacts of Celebrity in the Long Nineteenth Century

I focus specifically on the ways in which the sons of two best-selling nineteenth-
century novelists came to terms with the success of their mothers by depicting
them as quaint, domesticated writers redolent of a feminized Victorian past while
 ...

Author: Maura Ives

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351871785

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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In 1788, the Catalogue of Five Hundred Celebrated Authors of Great Britain, Now Living forecast a form of authorship that rested on biographical revelation and media saturation as well as literary achievement. This collection traces the unique experiences of women writers within a celebrity culture that was intimately connected to the expansion of print technology and of visual and material culture in the nineteenth century. The contributors examine a wide range of artifacts, including prefaces, portraits, frontispieces, birthday books, calendars and gossip columns, to consider the nature of women's celebrity and the forces that created it. How did authors like Jane Austen, the Countess of Blessington, Louisa May Alcott, Alice Meynell, and Marie Corelli negotiate the increasing demands for public revelation of the private self? How did gender shape the posthumous participation of women writers such as Jane Austen, Ellen Wood, Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Christina Rossetti in celebrity culture? These and other important questions related to the treatment of women in celebrity genres and media, and the strategies women writers used to control their public images, are taken up in this suggestive exploration of how nineteenth and early twentieth century women writers achieved popular, critical, and commercial success.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Mother s Legacy in Early Modern England

The Mother s Legacy in Early Modern England

Finally, their texts create and preserve family histories from a matriarch's point of
view, sending a mother's voice down ... Similarly, legacy writers argue for the
unparalleled worth of their advice, for it is grounded in a mother's bodily
connection ...

Author: Ms Jennifer Heller

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409478713

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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Using printed and manuscript texts composed between 1575 and 1672, Jennifer Heller defines the genre of the mother's legacy as a distinct branch of the advice tradition in early modern England that takes the form of a dying mother's pious counsel to her children. Reading these texts in light of specific cultural contexts, social trends, and historical events, Heller explores how legacy writers used the genre to secure personal and family status, to shape their children's beliefs and behaviors, and to intervene in the period's tumultuous religious and political debates. The author's attention to the fine details of the period's religious and political swings, drawn from sources such as royal proclamations, sermons, and first-hand accounts of book-burnings, creates a fuller context for her analysis of the legacies. Similarly, Heller explains the appeal of the genre by connecting it to social factors including mortality rates and inheritance practices. Analyses of related genres, such as conduct books and fathers' legacies, highlight the unique features and functions of mothers' legacies. Heller also attends to the personal side of the genre, demonstrating that a writer's education, marriages, children, and turns of fortune affect her work within the genre.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Textual Mothers Maternal Texts

Textual Mothers Maternal Texts

The collection examines how authors use textual spaces to accept, negotiate, resist, or challenge traditional conceptions of mothering and maternal roles, and how these texts offer alternative practices and visions for mothers.

Author: Elizabeth Podnieks

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 155458292X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 402

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Textual Mothers/Maternal Texts focuses on mothers as subjects and as writers who produce auto/biography, fiction, and poetry about maternity. International contributors examine the mother without child, with child, and in her multiple identities as grandmother, mother, and daughter. The collection examines how authors use textual spaces to accept, negotiate, resist, or challenge traditional conceptions of mothering and maternal roles, and how these texts offer alternative practices and visions for mothers. Further, it illuminates how textual representations both reflect and help to define or (re)shape the realities of women and families by examining how mothering and being a mother are political, personal, and creative narratives unfolding within both the pages of a book and the spaces of a life. The range of chapters maps a shift from the daughter-centric stories that have dominated the maternal tradition to the matrilineal and matrifocal perspectives that have emerged over the last few decades as the mother’s voice moved from silence to speech. Contributors make aesthetic, cultural, and political claims and critiques about mothering and motherhood, illuminating in new and diverse ways how authors and the protagonists of the texts “read” their own maternal identities as well as the maternal scripts of their families, cultures, and nations in their quest for self-knowledge, agency, and artistic expression.
Categories: Literary Criticism

No Mothers We

No Mothers We

The book explores the evolution of this feminine consciousness in relation to religion, sexuality, sociology and literature.

Author: Alba della Fazia Amoia

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: UOM:39015050155046

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 169

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Alba Amoia traces the demythologization of maternity in Italy, from its presence in the fertility goddesses at the dawn of Italic society to its changing interpretations in today's culture. Women writers, she argues, have been especially responsible for this paradigm shift that is evidenced by the declining birth rate in Italy. The book explores the evolution of this feminine consciousness in relation to religion, sexuality, sociology and literature.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Serenity Of Her

Serenity Of Her

This book is dedicated to mothers, who are our first educators, the first mentors, and truly it is the mother who determine the happiness, the future greatness, the courteous ways and learning and judgement, the understanding and the faith ...

Author: Yashita Sharma

Publisher: Yashita Sharma

ISBN:

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 129

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This book is dedicated to mothers, who are our first educators, the first mentors, and truly it is the mother who determine the happiness, the future greatness, the courteous ways and learning and judgement, the understanding and the faith of their little ones. This book contains poems, written by young writers for their mother.
Categories: Antiques & Collectibles

Writing for Immortality

Writing for Immortality

But the role of literary mothers has not been adequately explored as crucial to the
development of women authors. It is abundantly clear that Alcott, Phelps, and
Woolson all benefited immensely from their mothers' support and example.

Author: Anne E. Boyd

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801878756

Category: History

Page: 305

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Combining literary criticism and cultural history the author studies the lives and works of four nineteenth century American women writers Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Elizabeth Stoddard, and Constance Fenimore Woolson who sought recognition as serious literary authors by redrawing the boundaries between the male and female literary spheres and between American and British literary traditions.
Categories: History

What My Mother and I Don t Talk About

What My Mother and I Don t Talk About

The outpouring of responses gave Filgate an idea, and the resulting anthology offers a candid look at our relationships with our mothers. While some of the writers in this book are estranged from their mothers, others are extremely close.

Author: Michele Filgate

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781982107345

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

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ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019 *Most Anticipated Reads of 2019 by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Rumpus, Lit Hub, The Week, and Elle.com* Fifteen brilliant writers explore what we don’t talk to our mothers about, and how it affects us, for better or for worse. As an undergraduate, Michele Filgate started writing an essay about being abused by her stepfather. It took her more than a decade to realize what she was actually trying to write: how this affected her relationship with her mother. When it was finally published, the essay went viral, shared on social media by Anne Lamott, Rebecca Solnit, and many others. The outpouring of responses gave Filgate an idea, and the resulting anthology offers a candid look at our relationships with our mothers. While some of the writers in this book are estranged from their mothers, others are extremely close. Leslie Jamison writes about trying to discover who her seemingly perfect mother was before ever becoming a mom. In Cathi Hanauer’s hilarious piece, she finally gets a chance to have a conversation with her mother that isn’t interrupted by her domineering (but lovable) father. André Aciman writes about what it was like to have a deaf mother. Melissa Febos uses mythology as a lens to look at her close-knit relationship with her psychotherapist mother. And Julianna Baggott talks about having a mom who tells her everything. As Filgate writes, “Our mothers are our first homes, and that’s why we’re always trying to return to them.” There’s relief in breaking the silence. Acknowledging what we couldn’t say for so long is one way to heal our relationships with others and, perhaps most important, with ourselves. Contributors include Cathi Hanauer, Melissa Febos, Alexander Chee, Dylan Landis, Bernice L. McFadden, Julianna Baggott, Lynn Steger Strong, Kiese Laymon, Carmen Maria Machado, André Aciman, Sari Botton, Nayomi Munaweera, Brandon Taylor, and Leslie Jamison.
Categories: Literary Collections

Between Mothers and Sons

Between Mothers and Sons

" -- Patricia Stevens Between Mothers and Sons is the first anthology in which women writers attempt to answer the question that all mothers have contemplated in the course of mothering the opposite sex: "Who is this male child who came out ...

Author: Patricia Stevens

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684850726

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 255

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"The challenge for mothers of sons is to realize that because we do not share a sexual identity, that because we have not grown up in a male body, we cannot presume to understand everything there is to know about our sons' worlds." -- Patricia Stevens Between Mothers and Sons is the first anthology in which women writers attempt to answer the question that all mothers have contemplated in the course of mothering the opposite sex: "Who is this male child who came out of my body?" Or, as a pregnant Mary Gordon said when her doctor told her she was having a boy, "Oh, my God. What am I supposed to do with one of them?" From the earliest days of nursing to the good-byes of college and looming adulthood, these writers collectively explore, in a thrilling range of styles and sensibilities, the delights and frustrations, the deep and often conflicted emotions, they feel in their roles as mothers to their male children. Between Mothers and Sons resoundingly and unflinchingly celebrates this journey we are all making with our boys. with essays from: Julene Bair † Janet Burroway † Robb Forman Dew Deborah Galyan † Mary Gordon † Joy Harjo † Anne Lamott Susan Lester † Jo-Ann Mapson † Leigh McKinley Valerie Monroe † Naomi Shihab Nye † Eileen Pollack Jewell Parker Rhodes † Patricia Stevens † Sallie Tilsdale Kris Vervaecke † Patricia Williams
Categories: Family & Relationships

Across Genres Generations and Borders

Across Genres  Generations and Borders

Italian Women Writing Lives Susanna Scarparo Is Cassamarca Lecturer in Italian
Studies I Cultures and University Susanna ... The language, which is not their
mother tongue, allows the two writers to detach themselves from painful
memories, ...

Author: Susanna Scarparo Is Cassamarca Lecturer in Italian Studies I Cultures and University

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 087413918X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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This book examines the processes involved in writing the lives of women, both as autobiographies and as biographies. Some essays are theoretical discussions about the constructions of self-articulation in women's life writing. Others are more autobiographical, emphasizing the importance of self-articulation for creating possibilities for self-direction. Adopting different theoretical approaches, chapters in this collection highlight the connections between subjectivity and history, feminist concerns about mothering and the mother-daughter relationships, autobiography, discourse and its framing of the relationship between text and life, and the ethics of constructing biographies. The book is divided into three parts: the first part focuses on the process of writing lives as expressed but also contested in epistolary narratives, autobiography and historical fiction. The second part considers notions of female genealogy and the relationship with the maternal, both biological and symbolic. The third part comprises articles which deal with writing outside geographical and metaphorical borders.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Desire for Women

A Desire for Women

TWO Daughter Writing Women writers are grown-up daughters, and for many of
them writing has everything to do with their relationship with their mothers. There
must be hundreds of modern and contemporary novels and memoirs written from
 ...

Author: Suzanne Juhasz

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813532745

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 247

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This book explores women's desire for women as it is located in examples of twentieth-century British and American women's writing, including fiction, memoir, and poetry by such writers as Virginia Woolf, Vivian Gornick, Dorothy Allison, Mary Gordon, Toni Morrison, Marilyn Hacker, and Audre Lorde. Suzanne Juhasz discusses how literary writing functions to enact and negotiate a series of relationships between women: daughter-mother, mother-daughter, lesbian lover-lesbian lover, writer-reader, and reader-writer. She shows how writing is a component of interpersonal relationships and how relationships are central to the construction of personal and social identity. Uniquely weaving together psychoanalytic, feminist, queer, and literary theory as well as memoir to examine the value and meaning of relationships between women, Juhasz explores the writings of adult daughters, mothers, and lovers to consider how language both traces and shapes the contours of experience. She emphasizes the initial bond between mother and infant as the bedrock of identity formation, a process involving love, recognition, desire, and language, and shows how that relationship serves as source and model for all future loves. Juhasz's lucid prose unravels the meaningful yet overlooked intricacies of the relationships that inflect much of women's writing in the twentieth century.
Categories: Literary Criticism