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Motherhood in Literature and Culture : Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Europe (Hardcover)

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Motherhood remains a complex and contested issue in feminist research as well as public discussion. This interdisciplinary volume explores cultural representations of motherhood in various contemporary European contexts¾ including France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and the UK¾ and considers how such representations affect the ways in which different individuals and groups negotiate motherhood as both institution and lived experience. It has a particular focus on literature, but also includes essays that examine representations of motherhood in philosophy, art, social policy, TV, and film. The book’s driving contention is that, through intersecting with other fields and disciplines, literature and the study of literature have an important role to play in nuancing dialogues around motherhood, by offering challenging insights and imaginative responses to complex problems and experiences. This is demonstrated throughout the volume which covers a range of topics including: discursive and visual depictions of pregnancy and birth; the impact of new reproductive technologies on changing family configurations; the relationship between mothering and citizenship; the shaping of policy imperatives regarding mothering and disability; and the difficult realities of miscarriage, child death, violence, and infanticide. The collection expands and complicates hegemonic notions of motherhood, as the authors map and analyze shifting conceptions of maternal subjectivity and embodiment, explore some of the constraining and/or enabling contexts in which mothering takes place, and ask searching questions about what it means to be a ‘mother’ in Europe today. It will be of interest not only to those working in gender, women’s, and feminist studies, but also to scholars in literary and cultural studies, and those researching in sociology, criminology, politics, psychology, medical ethics, midwifery, and related fields.

Number of Pages: 279.0
Genre: Literary Criticism, Social Science
Series Title: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Language: English
Street Date: July 19, 2017
TCIN: 52771546
UPC: 9781138648173
Item Number (DPCI): 248-47-6081

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