Debts of Thinking
Many times in this book I've referred to Irigaray's summons to repay the debt to the mother; here I pay my own debt to some of the thinkers who have shaped those traditions and, more immediately, my own arguments. On the cultural force and complexity of the idea of the mother and the experiences of motherhood, attested in a huge outpouring of works in many disciplines, I'm most indebted to Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution (New York: Norton, 1976), which continues to stimulate work on the ambivalence within mothers; Alice Adams, Reproducing the Womb: Images of Childbirth in Science, Feminist Theory, and Literature (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1994); Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel, “Being a Mother and Being a Psychoanalyst: Two Impossible Professions, ” in Representations of Motherhood, ed. Donna Bassin, Margaret Honey, and Meryle Mahrer Kaplan (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994), 113-28; Rozsika Parker, Mother Love/Mother Hate: The Power of Maternal Ambivalence (New York: Basic Books, 1995); Jessica Benjamin, The Bonds of Love: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and the Problem of Domination (New York: Pantheon, 1988); Benjamin, Like Subjects, Love Objects: Essays on Recognition and Sexual Difference (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995); Benjamin, “A Desire of One's Own: Psychoanalytic Feminism and Intersubjective Space, ” in Feminist Studies/Critical Studies, ed. Teresa de Lauretis (Bloomington:
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Publication information: Book title: Birth Passages: Maternity and Nostalgia, Antiquity to Shakespeare. Contributors: Theresa M. Krier - Author. Publisher: Cornell University Press. Place of publication: Ithaca, NY. Publication year: 2001. Page number: Not available.
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