Robin Calland, Lauren Causey, Karen Coats, Sara K. Day, Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, Anna Katrina Gutierrez, Adrienne Kertzer, Kouen Kim, Alexandra Kotanko, Jennifer Mitchell, Mary Jeanette Moran, Julie Pfeiffer, and Donelle Ruwe
Living or dead, present or absent, sadly dysfunctional or merrily adequate, the figure of the mother bears enormous freight across a child's emotional and intellectual life. Given the vital role literary mothers play in books for young readers, it is remarkable how little scholarly attention has been paid to the representation of mothers outside of fairy tales and beyond studies of gender stereotypes. This collection of thirteen essays begins to fill a critical gap by bringing together a range of theoretical perspectives by a rich mix of senior scholars and new voices.
The range of critical approaches in this volume will provide multiple inroads for scholars to investigate richer readings of mothers in children's and young adult literature.
About the Author
Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Ashford, Connecticut, is professor and chair of the Department of English at Eastern Connecticut State University. She has edited three collections of short fiction for young adults and authored several books for young readers, including the 2010 Milkweed Prize winner, The Hole in the Wall.
Karen Coats, Normal, Illinois, is professor of English at Illinois State University. She is author of Looking Glass and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children's Literature and Children's Literature and the Developing Reader and coeditor of Handbook of Research on Children's and Young Adult Literature and The Gothic in Children's Literature: Haunting the Borders.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Mothers Wanted Lisa Rowe Fraustino Karen Coats 3
Part I Historical Legacies: Maternal Instruction and Delight
Chapter 1 Barbauld and the Body-Part Game: Maternal Pedagogy in the Long Eighteenth Century Donelle Ruwe 27
Chapter 2 Juliana Ewing's Six to Sixteen: Realizing and Rewriting Maternal Legacy Koeun Kim 45
Chapter 3 The Romance of Othermothering in Nineteenth-Century Backfisch Books Julie Pfeiffer 59
Part II Mothering in Modernity: Shifting Gultures and Subjectivities
Chapter 4 The Women Who Sent Their Children Away: Mothers in Kindertransport Fiction Adrienne Kertzer 77
Chapter 5 Minority Mama: Rejecting the Mainstream Mothering Model Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore 96
Chapter 6 Cultural-Historical Activity Theory and the Expansive Cycle of Mothering while Black Lauren Causey Karen Coats 113
Chapter 7 "The hills were in her bones": Living in the Blend of Mothers and Environments Anna Katrina Gutierrez 133
Part III The Mother-Child Bond: Fantasy and Desire for the Real
Chapter 8 Animal Mathers and Animal Babies in Picture Books Robin Calland 153
Chapter 9 A Daughter's Sacrifice: Saving the "Good-Enough Mother" from the Good Mother Fantasy Alexandra Kotanko 170
Chapter 10 "The Mother Was the Mother, Even When She Wasn't". Maternal Care Ethics and Children's Fantasy Mary Jeanette Moran 182
Part IV Performing Postfeminist Motherhood
Chapter 11 "I Would Never Be Strong Enough": Sarah Dessen's Postfeminist Mothers Sara K. Day 201
Chapter 12 Abandoning Mothers Lisa Rowe Fraustino 216
Chapter 13 "A Mom-Shaped Hole": Psychoanalysis and the Dystopian Maternal Jennifer Mitchell 233