Voicing Voluntary Childlessness: Narratives of Non-Mothering in French - Studies in Contemporary Women's Writing 3 (Paperback)
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Voicing Voluntary Childlessness: Narratives of Non-Mothering in French - Studies in Contemporary Women's Writing 3 (Paperback)

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The decision to reject motherhood is the subject of several key works of literature in French since the new millennium. This book looks at first-person accounts of voluntary childlessness by women writing in French. The book explores how women narrate their decision not to mother, the issues that they face in doing so and the narrative techniques that they employ to justify their stories. It asks how these authors challenge stereotypes of the childless woman by claiming their own identity in narrative, publicly proclaiming their right to choose and writing a femininity that is not connected to motherhood.
Using feminist, sociological and psychoanalytic theories to interrogate non-mothering, this work is the first book-length study of narratives that counter this long-standing taboo. It brings together authors who stake out a new terrain, creating a textual space in which to take ownership of their childlessness and call for new understandings of female identity beyond maternity.

Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
ISBN: 9783034318099
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 255 x 150 x 13 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book - which is written beautifully, with exemplary clarity - offers a fascinating exploration of voluntary childlessness in contemporary French texts, as well as articulating a paradigm shift in the relation between maternity (refused or otherwise) and identity."
(Kathryn Robson, French Studies: A Quarterly Review, Vol.72, No.1/2018)

"In what is a timely move, Nathalie Edwards has produced an original and fascinating book which constitutes a bold intervention in the field of motherhood studies and an innovative contribution to studies in life writing."
(Shirley Jordan, Life Writing Jun. 2017)

"Voicing Voluntary Childlessness est d'une indeniable importance pour l'etude de la litterature contemporaine des femmes en ce qu'il s'attache aux alternatives a une identite feminine normative et touche a un sujet encore tabou qu'est le refus ou le non-desir d'etre mere."
(Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand, Romanische Forschungen 129 / 2017)

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