This collection, drawn from twelve years of the influential journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality, offers a groundbreaking advance in thinking and theorizing about what happens to women when they become mothers. It explores how women are changed and shaped by interaction with their children and the cultural constructs about motherhood in which they are embedded. Distinguished psychoanalysts, philosophers, feminists, gender and cultural theorists explore the meeting place of cultural representations of motherhood, maternal theory, and mothers interacting in the clinical setting and with their children, to illuminate how the process of becoming a mother creates and informs female subjectivity, identity, desire, expression, aggression, ambition, shame, envy, and relationships. Contributors find mothers to be complex subjects negotiating rich hybrid identities that explode received notions of maternal and even female subjectivity in their complexity. They create an exciting and very accessible new set of ideas and templates for thinking about mothers and women that will be of value to clinicians, academics, and mothers alike.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Studies in Gender and Sexuality.

chapter |10 pages

Introduction: Writing of Mothers

ByMaura Sheehy

part I|32 pages

Mothers in the Consulting Room

chapter |12 pages

Giving Body to Thought

Entwinements Between Women
ByVelleda C. Ceccoli

chapter |15 pages

Mothers, Monsters, Mentors

ByAdrienne Harris

part II|78 pages

Maternal Subjectivity

chapter |9 pages

Reply to Commentaries

ByLisa Baraitser

chapter |11 pages

Maternal Silence

ByMiri Rozmarin

part III|44 pages

Maternality and Writing, Creativity

chapter |12 pages

I'm in the Milk and the Milk Is in Me1

Writing from the Night Kitchen
ByDonna Bassin

chapter |31 pages

Mother-Writing and the Narrative of Maternal Subjectivity

BySuzanne Juhasz

part IV|75 pages

Maternal Representation in Culture

chapter |34 pages

“It Ain't Fittin'”

Cinematic and Fantasmatic Contours of Mammy in Gone with the Wind and Beyond
ByMaria John