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Mothers Who Deliver
Feminist Interventions in Public and Interpersonal Discourse
Mothers Who Deliver
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Jocelyn Fenton Stitt - Editor
Pegeen Reichert Powell - Editor
SUNY series in Feminist Criticism and Theory
Price: $75.00 
Hardcover - 321 pages
Release Date: September 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3223-2
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3223-6

Price: $26.95 
Paperback - 321 pages
Release Date: September 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3224-0
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3224-3

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New directions in thinking about mothering.

Mothers Who Deliver brings together essays that focus on mothering as an intelligent practice, deliberately reinvented and rearticulated by mothers themselves. The contributors to this watershed volume focus on a variety of subjects, from mothers in children’s picture books and mothers writing blogs to global maternal activism and mothers raising gay sons. Distinguishing itself from much writing about motherhood today, Mothers Who Deliver focuses on forward-looking arguments and new forms of knowledge about the practice of mothering instead of remaining solely within the realm of critique. Together, the essays create a compelling argument about the possibilities of empowered mothering.

“Stitt and Powell cast a wide net into this interdisciplinary field, bringing back articles that speak to everything from the ‘mommyblogging’ revolution to single mothers’ groups and how they operate on university campuses … The articles themselves promote introspection, but it is the act of reading them in the same space against seemingly disparate articles that fosters questioning and eventual understanding of just how personal and political a field like mothering studies can be.” — Elevated Difference

“This volume moves beyond a critique of patriarchal motherhood to imagine and implement new and more empowering theories and modes of mothering. With its focus on mothering as agency and in its attention to twenty-first-century motherhood issues, it is a distinct and original collection.” — Andrea O’Reilly, editor of Feminist Mothering

Jocelyn Fenton Stitt is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Pegeen Reichert Powell is Assistant Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Delivering Mothering Studies
Jocelyn Fenton Stitt and Pegeen Reichert Powell

Part 1. Feminist Interventions in Public Discourse

1. Contrapuntal Delivery and Reception of Hildegard Westerkamp’s Electrovocal Performance Work on Mothering, Moments of Laughter
Andra McCartney

2. The Empty Mirror No More: Mother-Daughter Relationship and Film Spectatorship in Patricia Cardoso’s Real Women Have Curves
Nan Ma

3. Cyborg Mothering
Shelley Park

4. “Mommyblogging Is a Radical Act”: Weblog Communities and the Construction of Maternal Identities
Lisa Hammond

5. “The Pencilling Mamma”: Public Motherhood in Alice Meynell’sEssays on Children
Lee Behlman

6. Picturing Mom: Mythic and Real Mothers in Children’s Picture Books
Gretchen Papazian

Part 2. Feminist Interventions in Interpersonal Discourse

7. More than Talk: Single Mothers Claiming Space and Subjectivity on the University Campus
Jillian M. Duquaine-Watson

8. From Postcolonial to Postpartum: Pedagogical Politics of Motherhood
Jocelyn Fenton Stitt

9. Constrained Agency: British Heterosexual Mothers of Homosexual Sons
Janet Peukert

10. Writing the Script: Finding a Language for Mothering
Lynn Kuechle

11. From Gestation to Delivery: The Embodied Activist Mothering of Cindy Sheehan and Jennifer Schumaker
Natalie Wilson

12. Political Motherhood in the United States and Argentina
Meghan Gibbons

Epilogue: Power in a Movement
Judith Stadtman Tucker

List of Contributors

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