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Imagining Motherhood in Contemporary Irish and Caribbean Literature

  • Abigail L. Palko

Part of the New Caribbean Studies book series (NCARS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Abigail L. Palko
    Pages 1-30
  3. Rejecting Motherhood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Abigail L. Palko
      Pages 59-103
    3. Abigail L. Palko
      Pages 105-144
  4. Redefining Motherhood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Abigail L. Palko
      Pages 147-183
    3. Abigail L. Palko
      Pages 185-220
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 227-256

About this book

Introduction

Imagining Motherhood in Contemporary Irish and Caribbean Literature undertakes a comparative transnational reading to develop more expansive literary models of good mothering. Abigail L. Palko argues that Irish and Caribbean literary representations of non-normative mothering practices do not reflect transgressive or dangerous mothering but are rather cultural negotiations of the definition of a good mother. This original book demonstrates the sustained commitment to countering the dominant ideologies of maternal self-sacrifice foundational to both Irish and Caribbean nationalist rhetoric, offering instead the possibility of integrating maternal agency into an effective model of female citizenship.

Keywords

Twentieth-century Irish Literature Twentieth-century Caribbean Literature Motherhood gender studies Twenty-first century Irish and Caribbean literature maternal theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Abigail L. Palko
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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