Mother, She Wrote

Matrilineal Narratives in Contemporary Women’s Writing

by Yi-Lin Yu (Author)
©2005 Textbook XII, 240 Pages


In this enjoyable and insightful book, Yi-Lin Yu takes the heated and ongoing feminist debate over motherhood and maternal subjectivity onto a new plane – in search of a new synthesis. With its specific focus on the three-tiered matrilineal narratives, Mother, She Wrote is distinguished by its complex and innovative deployment of psychoanalytic subject-relations theories, and a meticulous and detailed discussion of various literary texts, which calls forth a powerful reformulation of these narratives. One of the main strengths of this book is this simultaneous and tactful command of theory and literary practice. Apart from advocating the burgeoning development of women’s writing of matrilineal narratives, the author also sheds new light on further research in the area of feminist motherhood and mothering.


XII, 240
ISBN (Softcover)
Tochter (Motiv) Englisch Mutter (Motiv) Geschichte 1970-2004 Drabble, Margaret Forster, Margaret Fredriksson, Marianne Chang, Jung Feminism Frauenliteratur English prose literature
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. XII, 240 pp.

Biographical notes

Yi-Lin Yu (Author)

The Author: Yi-Lin Yu earned her Ph.D. in English from Lancaster University, United Kingdom. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National I-Lan University in Taiwan. She has publications in both English and Chinese. Her recent work on mother-daughter relationships has been published in The Thirdspace and The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering.


Title: Mother, She Wrote