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Thinking Through the Mothers
Author: Janet Beizer

ISBN: 9780801438516
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 17 December 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5
Description:
If questions of subjectivity and identification are at stake in all biographical writing, they are particularly trenchant for contemporary women biographers of women. Often, their efforts to exhume buried lives in hope of finding spiritual foremothers awaken maternal phantoms that must be embraced or confronted. Do women writing in fact have any greater access to their own mothers' lives than to the lives of other women whose stories have been swept away like dust in the debris of the past? In Thinking through the Mothers, Janet Beizer surveys modern women's biographies and contemplates alternatives to an approach based in lineage and the form of thought that emphasizes the line, the path, hierarchy, unity, resemblance, reflection, and the aesthetic-mimesis-that depends on these ideas. Through close readings of memoirs and fictions about mothers, Beizer explores how biographers of the women who came before rehearse and rewrite relationships to their own mothers biographically as they seek to appropriate the past in a hybrid genre she calls bio-autography. Thinking through the Mothers features the work of George Sand and Colette and spans such varied figures as Gu...

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