Mother reader : essential writings on motherhood / edited by Moyra Davey.

by Davey, Moyra [editor.]Looking glass.

Published: New York, New York ; London, England : Seven Stories Press, [2001]; ©2001Description: xix, 356 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781583220726; 1583220720.Subject(s): Motherhood -- FictionLooking glass | American prose literature -- Women authorsLooking glass | Women and literature -- English-speaking countriesLooking glass | American prose literature -- 20th centuryLooking glass | English prose literature -- Women authors | English prose literature -- 20th centuryLooking glass | Women authors, American -- BiographyLooking glass | Women authors, English -- BiographyLooking glass | Mother and child -- FictionLooking glass | Unmarried mothers -- FictionLooking glass | Mother and childLooking glass | MotherhoodLooking glass | MothersLooking glass
Contents:
Essays, memoirs, essays: Excerpt from: Under my skin: vol. 1 of My autobiography / Doris Lessing -- Excerpt from: On the side of the angels / Elizabeth Smart -- Excerpt from: The unabridged journals of Sylvia Plath -- Excerpt from: On being a grandmother / Margaret Mead -- Feminism and motherhood / Susan Griffin -- Documentation IV: Transitional objects, diary and diagram; and Experimentum mentis IV: On femininity / Mary Kelly -- Excerpt from: The mother knot / Jane Lazare -- Anger and tenderness / Adrienne Rich -- A writer because of, not in spite of, her children / Alice Walker -- Writer-mother, the fundamental situation / Tillie Olsen -- Writing and motherhood / Susan Rubin Suleiman -- One child of one's own: a meaningful digression within the work(s / Alice Walker -- A wild surmise: motherhood and poetry / Alicia Ostricker -- The fisherwoman's daughter / Ursula K. Le Guin -- Talking about mothers / Sara Ruddick.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This anthology of writings on motherhood turns the spotlight away from the child to the mother herself. Memoirs, testimonials, diaries, essays and fiction describe the powerful changes brought into these writers' lives by pregnancy, childbirth and mothering. Contributors include Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison Sylvia Plath, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Leguin, Grace Paley and Alice Walker. The editor is a photographer for The New York Times.

Essays, memoirs, essays: Excerpt from: Under my skin: vol. 1 of My autobiography / Doris Lessing -- Excerpt from: On the side of the angels / Elizabeth Smart -- Excerpt from: The unabridged journals of Sylvia Plath -- Excerpt from: On being a grandmother / Margaret Mead -- Feminism and motherhood / Susan Griffin -- Documentation IV: Transitional objects, diary and diagram; and Experimentum mentis IV: On femininity / Mary Kelly -- Excerpt from: The mother knot / Jane Lazare -- Anger and tenderness / Adrienne Rich -- A writer because of, not in spite of, her children / Alice Walker -- Writer-mother, the fundamental situation / Tillie Olsen -- Writing and motherhood / Susan Rubin Suleiman -- One child of one's own: a meaningful digression within the work(s / Alice Walker -- A wild surmise: motherhood and poetry / Alicia Ostricker -- The fisherwoman's daughter / Ursula K. Le Guin -- Talking about mothers / Sara Ruddick.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. xi)
  • Introduction (p. xiii)
  • Journals, Memoirs, Essays
  • Excerpt from Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography to 1949 (p. 3)
  • Excerpt from On the Side of the Angels: The Second Volume of the Journals of Elizabeth Smart (p. 13)
  • Excerpt from The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (p. 19)
  • Excerpt from "On Being a Grandmother" (p. 27)
  • "Feminism and Motherhood" (p. 33)
  • "Documentation IV: Transitional Objects, Diary and Diagram" and "Experimentum Mentis IV--On Femininity" (p. 47)
  • Excerpt from The Mother Knot (p. 61)
  • "Anger and Tenderness" (p. 81)
  • "A Writer Because of, Not in Spite of, Her Children" (p. 99)
  • "Writer-Mothers: The Fundamental Situation" (p. 103)
  • "Writing and Motherhood" (p. 113)
  • "One Child of One's Own: A Meaningful Digression within the Work(s)" (p. 139)
  • "A Wild Surmise: Motherhood and Poetry" (p. 155)
  • "The Fisherwoman's Daughter" (p. 161)
  • "Talking About 'Mothers'" (p. 187)
  • Excerpt from the M/E/A/N/I/N/G Forum: On Motherhood, Art, and Apple Pie (p. 199)
  • "Novels and Navels" (p. 211)
  • "A Little Bit of Loss" (p. 225)
  • "The Case Against Babies" (p. 231)
  • "Beginning" (p. 241)
  • "For Molly Entering College (August 1997)" (p. 247)
  • "Notes on Early Motherhood" (p. 249)
  • "A Woman's Prerogative" (p. 253)
  • Stories
  • "I Stand Here Ironing" (p. 265)
  • "A Subject of Childhood" (p. 273)
  • "Good Housekeeping" (p. 281)
  • "Learning the Rules" (p. 285)
  • "My Death" (p. 301)
  • "Giving Birth" (p. 311)
  • Excerpt from A Frozen Woman (p. 325)
  • Excerpt from Beloved (p. 337)
  • "The Old Dictionary" (p. 341)
  • Contributors (p. 345)
  • Permissions (p. 353)

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Library Journal Review

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 she needed a break from the isolation of being a primary caregiver. Books were her lifeline. Her aim in this anthology was "to bring together examples of the best writing on motherhood of the last 60 years, writing that tells firsthand of the mother's experience." Arranged by year of publication, this anthology includes excerpts from journals, memoirs, essays, stories, and interviews. The contributors include an impressive list: Doris Lessing, Sylvia Plath, Margaret Mead, Susan Griffin, Adrienne Rich, Alice Walker, Ursula K. Le Guin, Mona Simpson, Toni Morrison, Grace Paley, and Mary Gaitskill. These authors question the impact of motherhood on women's lives and careers, whether or not mothers have been given a voice in the canon, and the direct experience of motherhood. Several women write about their unequivocal desire not to be a mother. An impressive addition to any women's studies or literature collection. Pam Kingsbury, Florence, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

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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