Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood

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Moyra Davey
Seven Stories Press, 2001 - Fiction - 356 pages
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The intersection of motherhood and creative life is explored in these writings on mothering that turn the spotlight from the child to the mother herself. Here, in memoirs, testimonials, diaries, essays, and fiction, mothers describe first-hand the changes brought to their lives by pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering.
Many of the writers articulate difficult and socially unsanctioned maternal anger and ambivalence. In Mother Reader, motherhood is scrutinized for all its painful and illuminating subtleties, and addressed with unconventional wisdom and candor. What emerges is a sense of a community of writers speaking to and about each other out of a common experience, and a compilation of extraordinary literature never before assembled in a single volume.
  

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Davey, a photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper's, Grand Street, and Documents, bore her first child at the age of 38. When her infant developed colic, she found that ... Read full review

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Contents

Volume One of My Autobiography to 1949 1994 DORIS LESSING
3
The Second Volume of the Journals of Elizabeth Smart 194445 ELIZABETH SMART
13
EXCERPT FROM The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 195762 SYLVIA PLATH
19
My Earlier Years 1972 MARGARET MEAD
27
Feminism and Motherhood 1974 SUSAN GRIFFIN
33
Documentation IV Transitional Objects Diary and Diagram 1976 MARY KELLY
47
EXCERPT FROM The Mother Knot 1976 JANE LAZARRE
61
Anger and Tenderness FROM Of Woman Born Motherhood as Experience and Institution 1976 ADRIENNE RICH
81
The Case Against Babies 1996 JOY WILLIAMS
231
Beginning 1997 MONA SIMPSON
241
For Molly Entering College August 1997 1997 JOAN SNYDER
247
Notes on Early Motherhood 1998 VIVIAN MONTGOMERY
249
A Womans Prerogative 1999 MARY GAITSKILL
253
I Stand Here Ironing 195354 TILLIE OLSEN
265
A Subject of Childhood 1956 GRACE PALEY
273
Good Housekeeping 1973 ROSELLEN BROWN
281

A Writer Because of Not in Spite of Her Children 1976 ALICE WALKER
99
The Fundamental Situation FROM Silences 1978 TILLIE OLSEN
103
Writing and Motherhood 1979 SUSAN RUBIN SULEIMAN
113
A Meaningful Digression within the Works 1979 ALICE WALKER
139
Motherhood and Poetry 1983 ALICIA OSTRIKER
155
The Fisherwomans Daughter 1988 URSULA K LE GUIN
161
Toward a Politics of Peace 1989 SARA RUDDICK
187
On Motherhood Art and Apple Pie SUSAN BEE MIRA SCHOR MYREL CHERNICK DENA SHOTTENKIRK JOAN SNYDER ELKE SOLOMON ...
199
Novels and Navels 1995 NANCY HUSTON
211
A Little Bit of Loss 19962000 ELLEN MCMAHON
225
Learning the Rules FROM Second Class Citizen 1974 BUCHI EMECHETA
285
My Death 1975 LYNDA SCHOR
301
Giving Birth 1977 MARGARET ATWOOD
311
EXCERPT FROM A Frozen Woman 1981 ANNIE ERNAUX
325
EXCERPT FROM Beloved 1987 TONI MORRISON
337
The Old Dictionary 1999 LYDIA DAVIS
341
CONTRIBUTORS
345
PERMISSIONS
353
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MOYRA DAVEY is a photographer whose work has appeared in Harper's, Grand Street, Documents, and The New York Times. Davey has exhibited her work widely in the U.S. and Canada, as well as overseas, and is represented by American Fine Arts Co. in New York.

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