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Mothers Voicing Mothering?

The Representation of Motherhood in the Novels and Short Stories of Marie NDiaye

by Pauline Eaton (Author)
Monographs XII, 260 Pages

Summary

Mothers and mothering are significant features of contemporary women’s writing in France and mothers are narrators and key protagonists in nearly all Marie NDiaye’s novels and short stories. These mothers rarely strike the reader as attractive personalities and, in their mothering role, are portrayed as inadequate, abusive or even murderous. A pattern of maternal failure is passed on from mother to daughter and the relationship between mothers and daughters is one of rejection and suppression. This book explores what this negative representation tells us about mothers and about how mothers represent their own mothering to themselves. Close readings of text and intertext are at the centre of the analytic approach, embracing references to existing commentaries on the author and to the psychoanalytic, mythological, religious and literary background against which NDiaye’s mothers demand to be read.

Details

Pages
XII, 260
ISBN (PDF)
9781800792234
ISBN (ePUB)
9781800792241
ISBN (MOBI)
9781800792258
ISBN (Book)
9781800792227
Language
English
Publication date
2021 (June)
Tags
Mothers as models: Medea and the Madonna Good mothers, bad mothers and ordinary devoted mothers Mothers and daughtersand the mother/daughter plot The representation of motherhood in the novels and novellas of Marie NDiaye Pauline Eaton
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2021. XII, 260 pp.

Biographical notes

Pauline Eaton (Author)

Pauline Eaton holds a PhD in Modern French Studies from Birkbeck, University of London, for her work on Marie NDiaye. The focus of her studies has been a search for the literary representation of motherhood from the point of view of the mother. Published articles include «Rosie Carpe and the Virgin Mary: Modelling Modern Motherhood?» in Religion and Gender and «Three Strong Grandmothers» in Studies in Gender and Sexuality .

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