Maternal questions for the modern woman: Amanda Lohrey's radical script

Levy, Bronwen (2015). Maternal questions for the modern woman: Amanda Lohrey's radical script. In Lisa Raith, Jenny Jones and Marie Porter (Ed.), Mothers at the Margins: Stories of Challenge, Resistance and Love (pp. 48-61) Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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Author Levy, Bronwen
Title of chapter Maternal questions for the modern woman: Amanda Lohrey's radical script
Title of book Mothers at the Margins: Stories of Challenge, Resistance and Love
Place of Publication Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9781443872355
Editor Lisa Raith
Jenny Jones
Marie Porter
Chapter number 4
Start page 48
End page 61
Total pages 14
Total chapters 19
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This paper argues that Amanda Lohrey writes maternal plots, and that maternal desire and what to do about it is the key question facing the women characters in her fiction. Lohrey does not write romance plots in which her women characters are primarily motivated by the search for love, or quest plots in which they seek non-conventional lives that are far removed from the usual female domain of late twentieth and early twenty-first century Australia, although romance and questing are part of her fiction. Rather, this author asks how modem women aged thirty-something seek and claim the maternal sphere, thus placing the maternal body as an erotic body and maternal desire as erotic desire at the centre of her plots. Further, I suspect that the idea of maternity, whether it is dominant in a work or not, underlies all Lohrey's writing about women. This is a radical move on Lohrey's part: the characters, whose lives are not presented as unusual for women of their class and generation, appear in fiction which is radical by virtue of its structures, approaches, and preoccupations. By placing the maternal at the centre of her fiction, by writing the maternal quest and romance, Lohrey writes a female script which explores the conditions and circumstances of maternity as experienced by contemporary women...
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