Mediating Moms: Mothers in Popular Culture

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Elizabeth Podnieks
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Mar 22, 2012 - Social Science - 416 pages
In recent decades, popular culture - from television and film to newspapers, magazines, and best-selling fiction - has focused an enormous amount of attention on mothers. Through feminist, psychoanalytic, sociological, literary, and cultural studies perspectives, the twenty chapters in this book examine an array of current and relevant contemporary topics related to maternal identities such as working, stay-at-home, ambivalent, absent, good, bad, single, teen, elder, celebrity, and lesbian mothers; and issues such as the mommy wars, self-care, pregnancy, abortion, contraception, infanticide, adoption, sex and sexuality, breastfeeding, post-partum depression, fertility, genetics, and reproductive technologies. Contributors from Canada, the United States, Britain, and Australia engage critically and theoretically with stereotypes perpetuated by popular culture media, and chart some of the provocative and liberating ways that we can use and interpret this media to encourage and promote alternative and transformative maternal readings, identities, and practices. Mediating Moms looks at mothers as imaged by and in the media; how mothers mediate or negotiate these images according to their historical, corporeal, and lived personhoods; and how scholars mediate the popular and academic discourses of motherhood as a way of registering, strengthening, and alleviating the tensions between representation and reality.

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Unbelievable resource on women and media culture. Fantastic chapters that each tap into historical and monumental texts and literature as well as very recent tv programming. Very useful, organized and easy to follow.

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Popular Cultures Maternal Embrace
Section One Maternal Surveillance
Section Two Generational Motherhood
Section Three Pregnant and Postpartum Bodies
Section Four Medical Interventions and Reproductive Technologies

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Elizabeth Podnieks, associate professor of English at Ryerson University, is the author of Daily Modernism: The Literary Diaries of Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Elizabeth Smart, and Anaïs Nin.

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