The Impossibility of Motherhood: Feminism, Individualism and the Problem of Mothering

1st Edition

Patrice DiQuinzio

Routledge
Published September 13, 1999
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9780415910231 - CAT# RT981
Series: Thinking Gender

For Instructors Request Inspection Copy

USD$48.95

Add to Wish List
FREE Standard Shipping!

Summary

An adequate analysis of experiences and situations specific to women, especially mothering, requires consideration of women's difference. A focus on women's difference, however, jeopardizes feminism's claims of women's equal individualist subjectivity, and risks recuperating the inequality and oppression of women, especially the view that all women should be mothers, want to be mothers, and are most happy being mothers. This book considers how thinkers including Simone de Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva, Nancy Choderow and Adrienne Rich struggle to negotiate this dilemma of difference in analyzing mothering, encompassing the paradoxes concerning embodiment, gender and representation they encounter. Patrice Di Quinzio shows that mothering has been and will continue to be an intractable problem for feminist theory itself, and suggests the political usefulness of an explicitly paradoxical politics of mothering.

Instructors

We provide complimentary e-inspection copies of primary textbooks to instructors considering our books for course adoption.

Request an
e-inspection copy

Share this Title