product description page

Translating Maternal Violence : The Discursive Construction of Maternal Filicide in 1970s Japan

Translating Maternal Violence : The Discursive Construction of Maternal Filicide in 1970s Japan - image 1 of 1

about this item

This book provides the first full-length, English-language investigation of the multiple and often contradictory ways in which mothers who kill their children were portrayed in 1970s Japan. It offers a snapshot of a historical and social moment when motherhood was being renegotiated, and maternal violence was disrupting norms of acceptable maternal behaviour. Drawing on a wide range of original archival materials, it explores three discursive sites where the image of the murderous mother assumed a distinctive visibility: media coverage of cases of maternal filicide; the rhetoric of a newly emerging women’s liberation movement known as uman ribu; and fictional works by the Japanese writer Takahashi Takako. Using translation as a theoretical tool to decentre the West as the origin of (feminist) theorizations of the maternal, it enables a transnational dialogue for imagining mothers' potential for violence. This thought-provoking work will appeal to scholars of feminist theory, cultural studies and Japanese studies. 
 
Genre: Social Science
Series Title: Thinking Gender in Transnational Times
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Alessandro Castellini
Language: English
Street Date: March 7, 2017
TCIN: 51974259
UPC: 9781137538819
Item Number (DPCI): 248-38-1022

guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.