Maternal Conditions

Reading Kingsolver, Castillo, Erdrich, and Ozeki

by Melissa Schoeffel (Author)
Monographs X, 173 Pages
Series: American University Studies , Volume 78


Maternal Conditions analyzes the depiction of motherhood in the works of Barbara Kingsolver, Ana Castillo, Louise Erdrich, and Ruth Ozeki. The book examines the politics underlying and engendered by ethnically diverse representations of the maternal, interrogating the dominant cultural understanding of the good mother. This analysis then moves to a study of how the subjective experience of mothers is portrayed in these writings, ending with an exploration of the relationship between motherhood and ethics.


X, 173
ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. X, 173 pp.

Biographical notes

Melissa Schoeffel (Author)

The Author: Melissa Schoeffel teaches literature and composition for the Cultures and Communities Program and the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). She is currently involved in UWM’s learning communities initiative, for which she is designing a «living learning community» structured around a course on multicultural America. Her research interests include, in addition to motherhood studies, curricula and pedagogies that promote social justice and enhance diversity in society.


Title: Maternal Conditions