Mothers an essay on love and cruelty jacqueline rose faber faber 1299 pp256 in her introduction to this wide ranging and incisive book jacqueline rose writes that motherhood is the . Mothers an essay on love and cruelty is guided by a simple argument that motherhood is the place in our culture where we lodge or rather bury the reality of our own conflicts of psychic life and what it means to be fully human. With mothers an essay on love and cruelty jacqueline rose the british academic known for her analyses of femininity and its darker impulses has waded into the deepening pool of maternal feminism. Mothers an essay on love and cruelty by jacqueline rose 237 pages farrar straus giroux 26 for more coverage of women and gender issues subscribe to gender letter a new newsletter. A simple argument guides this book motherhood is the place in our culture where we lodge or rather bury the reality of our own conflicts by making mothers the objects of both licensed idealization and cruelty we blind ourselves to the worlds iniquities and shut down the portals of the heart
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