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

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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.

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.

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.

Women s Fiction Between the Wars

The book concludes that these writers look to the mother to empower them and challenges the view of the mother as a regressive influence.

Author: Heather Ingman

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748609407

Category: Authorship

Page: 180

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Taking six key writers of the inter-war period, this original study looks at the way they explore the mother-daughter relationship, finding in it a key to their identity as women and asartists. Providing in-depth critical analyses of Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Elizabeth Bowen, Rose Macaulay and Jean Rhys, this study for the first time enables you to draw parallels between their work and that of female psychoanalysts Hélène Deutsch, Melanie Klein and Karen Horney during the inter-war period. It combines theoretical and textual criticism within a specific historical context in an especially useful way. The book concludes that these writers look to the mother to empower them and challenges the view of the mother as a regressive influence.

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.

New Ways to Kill Your Mother

From the dreams and nightmares of John Cheever’s journals, Tóibín illuminates this darkly comic misanthrope and his relationship to his wife and his children. “Educating an intellectual woman,” Cheever remarked, “is like letting a ...

Author: Colm Toibin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451668575

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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In a brilliant, nuanced and wholly original collection of essays, the novelist and critic Colm Tóibín explores the relationships of writers to their families and their work. From Jane Austen’s aunts to Tennessee Williams’s mentally ill sister, the impact of intimate family dynamics can be seen in many of literature’s greatest works. Tóibín, celebrated both for his award-winning fiction and his provocative book reviews and essays, and currently the Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia, traces and interprets those intriguing, eccentric, often twisted family ties in New Ways to Kill Your Mother. Through the relationship between W. B. Yeats and his father, Thomas Mann and his children, and J. M. Synge and his mother, Tóibín examines a world of relations, richly comic or savage in its implications. In Roddy Doyle’s writing on his parents, Tóibín perceives an Ireland reinvented. From the dreams and nightmares of John Cheever’s journals, Tóibín illuminates this darkly comic misanthrope and his relationship to his wife and his children. “Educating an intellectual woman,” Cheever remarked, “is like letting a rattlesnake into the house.” Acutely perceptive and imbued with rare tenderness and wit, New Ways to Kill Your Mother is a fascinating look at writers’ most influential bonds and a secret key to understanding and enjoying their work.

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.

What My Mother and I Don t Talk About

Fifteen Writers Break the Silence Michele Filgate. “Astonishing . . . These
collected ... What My Mother and I Don't Talk About is a shrewd, glinting collection
of beauty and pain: a gift for mothers and their children.” —Shelf Awareness “By
turns ...

Author: Michele Filgate

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781982107352

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

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“You will devour these beautifully written—and very important—tales of honesty, pain, and resilience” (Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls) from fifteen brilliant writers who explore how what we don’t talk about with our mothers 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 that she was actually trying to write about 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. This gave Filgate an idea, and the resulting anthology offers a candid look at our relationships with our mothers. 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 acknowledging how what we couldn’t say for so long is a way to heal our relationships with others and, perhaps most important, with ourselves. Contributions by 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.

Mothers Through the Eyes of Women Writers

M is for ........ .. n some societies, women believe that heaven is a place where
they will be reunited with their mothers, freed from the cares and burdens of their
lives as married women. In some societies, women are accorded great respect
for ...

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.

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

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.

Women Writers of Children s Classics

Now Mother assumes a joint masculine and feminine role as she organizes a
new home and supports her family by selling her writing, one of the few
acceptable female forms of earning. However, her earning powers are weak; the
family must ...

Author: Mary Sebag-Montefiore

Publisher: Writers and Their Work (Paperb

ISBN: 9780746311578

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 138

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A lively study of the work of four major 19th century women writers of children's books: Juliana Ewing, Louisa Molesworth, Frances Hodgson Burnett and Edith Nesbit.

Mama s Boy

In this compelling collection of short memoirs, gay men take on a stereotype and delve into what it means to be mommy's favorite.

Author: Dean Kostos

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105110373011

Category: Social Science

Page: 285

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In this compelling collection of short memoirs, gay men take on a stereotype and delve into what it means to be mommy's favorite. Through humor, insight and poignancy, the writers in this collection reclaim and rejoice in describing a special relationship that has never been examined in quite this way before. Voices from many backgrounds navigate the sometimes wonderful, sometimes treacherous, but inevitably fascinating terrain of that very special bond between mothers and their different sons. These inspired explorations of this unique relationship will help readers gain a better appreciation of themselves and come to a new meaning of the term mama's 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.

Every Mother Is a Daughter

A memoir in two voices, Every Mother Is a Daughter is a duet that resonates with the experiences that all mothers and daughters will recognize.

Author: Perri Klass

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780307484413

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 320

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Mothers and daughters go through so much–yet when was the last time a mother and daughter sat down collectively to write a book together about it all? Perri Klass and her mother, Sheila Solomon Klass, both gifted professional writers, prove to be ideal collaborators as they examine their decades of motherhood, daughterhood, and the wonderful, if sometimes fraught, ways their lives have overlapped. Perri notes with amazement how closely her own life has mirrored her mother’s: Both have full-time careers (Perri is a pediatrician; Sheila is recently retired from a long career as a college English professor but goes on teaching); both have published books, articles, and stories; each has three children; they both love to read, and to pass books back and forth. They also love to travel–in fact, they often take trips together (and live to tell the tale). But in truth, the harder they look at their lives, the more Perri and Sheila acknowledge their profound differences in circumstance and temperament. A child of the Depression, Sheila was raised in Brooklyn by Orthodox Jewish parents who considered education an unnecessary luxury for girls. Starting with her college education, she has fought for everything she’s ever accomplished. Perri, on the other hand, grew up privileged and rebellious in the New Jersey suburbs of the 1960s and 1970s. For Sheila, fanatically frugal, wasting time or money is a crime, and luxury is unthinkable while Perri enjoys the occasional small luxury, but has not been successful at enticing her mother into even the tiniest self-indulgence. Each writing in her own unmistakable voice, Perri and Sheila take turns exploring the joys and pains, the love and resentment, the petty irritations and abiding respect, that have always bound them together. Sheila recounts the adventure of giving birth to Perri in a tiny town in Trinidad where her husband was doing anthropological fieldwork. Perri confesses that she can’t tame her domestic chaos even though she knows it drives her mother crazy. Sheila rhapsodizes about the bliss of becoming a grandmother. Perri marvels at her mother’s fearless navigation of the New York City subways. Together they compare thoughts on bringing up children and working, confess long-hidden sorrows, relish precious memories–and even offer family recipes and knitting patterns. Looking deep into the lives they have lived separately and together, Perri and Sheila tell their mother-daughter story with honesty, humor, zest, and mutual admiration. A memoir in two voices, Every Mother Is a Daughter is a duet that resonates with the experiences that all mothers and daughters will recognize.

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.

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.

Mothering the Mind

Are such relationships mutually beneficial? The book offers a balanced feminist approach and perspective and is an important contribution not only to the areas of biography and psychoanalytical criticism, but also to women's studies.

Author: Ruth Perry

Publisher: Holmes & Meier Pub

ISBN: 0841908931

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 261

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Recognised period specialists look at a wide variety of nurturing relationships between men and women, both sexual and platonic. Mothering is examined as a component of marriage and as a sustaining force in less traditional but equally creative relationships. In some instances, actual mothers provide the encouragement and unconditional approvals that are hallmarks of the mothering role. Crucial questions are posed such as how and why did these attachments evolve? Are such relationships mutually beneficial? The book offers a balanced feminist approach and perspective and is an important contribution not only to the areas of biography and psychoanalytical criticism, but also to women's studies.