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Plotting Motherhood in Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern Literature von Rose, Mary Beth (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 27.02.2017
  • Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
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Plotting Motherhood in Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern Literature

This book explores the inconsistent literary representations of motherhood in diverse texts ranging from the fourth to the twentieth centuries. Mary Beth Rose unearths plots startling in their frequency and redundancy that struggle to accommodate -or to obliterate-the complex assertions of maternal authority as it challenges traditional family and social structures. The analysis engages two mother plots: the dead mother plot, in which the mother is dying or dead; and the living mother plot, in which the mother is alive and through her very presence in the text, puts often unbearable pressure on the mechanics of the plot. These plots reappear and are transformed by authors as diverse in chronology and use of literary form as Augustine, Shakespeare, Milton, Oscar Wilde, and Tony Kushner. The book argues that, insofar as women become the second sex, it is not because they are females per se but because they are mothers; at the same time the analysis probes the transformative political and social potential of motherhood as it appears in contemporary texts like Angels in America .

Mary Beth Rose is Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. Formerly editor of Renaissance Drama, she is the author of Gender and Heroism in Early Modern English Literature ; The Expense of Spirit: Love and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama ; and co-editor of Elizabeth I: Collected Works.


    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 192
    Erscheinungsdatum: 27.02.2017
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9783319404547
    Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
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