Milkmother memoir

Douglas, Pamela (2013). Milkmother memoir. In Nicole L. Willey and Justine Dymond (Ed.), Motherhood Memories: Mothers Creating/Writing Lives (pp. 105-130) Bradford, ON, Canada: Demeter Press.

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Author Douglas, Pamela
Title of chapter Milkmother memoir
Title of book Motherhood Memories: Mothers Creating/Writing Lives
Place of Publication Bradford, ON, Canada
Publisher Demeter Press
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781927335161
Editor Nicole L. Willey
Justine Dymond
Chapter number 5
Start page 105
End page 130
Total pages 26
Total chapters 12
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In the twenty-two years since my daughter's birth, fiction and creative non-fiction by Australian women writing as mothers and daughters have flourished. But there are still relatively few Australian women writers who have dared to foreground the body of the reproductive female, and to defy an entrenched cultural prejudice against writing frankly about maternity. World-wide, women writers are only just beginning to contest the belief that stories of a woman's embodied experience in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and caring for small children, are tedious and peripheral. This essay argues that the new subgenre of the milkmother memoir is a powerful strategy for the demedicalisation of the transfigurative maternal body, and for the elaboration of the milkmother in a new feminine imaginary.
Keyword Memoir
Mother child relation
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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