The Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination

Missing, Presumed Dead

Editors: Åström, Berit (Ed.)

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  • Provides a broader historical perspective on the trope of the dead or absent mother, spanning material from the 1200s to 2014
  • Cuts across genres and media, providing an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Authors employ a variety of different theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, including psychoanalysis, cultural studies, feminist and gender studies
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This anthology explores the recurring trope of the dead or absent mother in Western cultural productions. Across historical periods and genres, this dialogue has been employed to articulate and debate questions of politics and religion, social and cultural change as well as issues of power and authority within the family. Åström seeks to investigate the many functions and meanings of the dialogue by covering extensive material from the 1200s to 2014 including hagiography, romances, folktales, plays, novels, children’s literature and graphic novels, as well as film and television. This is achieved by looking at the discourse both as products of the time and culture that produced the various narratives, and as part of an on-going cultural conversation that spans the centuries, resulting in an innovative text that will be of great interest to all scholars of gender, feminist and media studies.

About the authors

Berit Åström is an Associate Professor of English at Umeå University, Sweden. She is the author of ‘The Symbolic Annihilation of Mothers in Popular Culture: Single Father and the Death of the Mother’, Feminist Media Studies 15.4 (2015) and the editor of Rape in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy and Beyond (2013).

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Buy this book

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination
Book Subtitle
Missing, Presumed Dead
Editors
  • Berit Åström
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49037-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49037-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49036-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84073-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 264
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