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Williamson Explores Narratives of Maternal Ambivalence in New Publication

A new scholarly text examines the works of authors such as Rachel Cusk, Elena Ferrante, Maggie Nelson, and Elisa Albert in a broader discussion of narratives of ambivalence in motherhood.


Written by Dr. Rachel Williamson of the University of Canterbury, 21st-Century Narratives of Maternal Ambivalence considers how recent popular literary and film works about motherhood mark a shift from maternal ambivalence to maternal resilience. This is a terrific and timely book that pokes around in areas often neglected by mainstream scholarship, and that presciently taps into an important cultural moment.


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