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Baraitser, L. (2012). Giving an Account of Another: Commentary on Rozmarin's “Maternal Silence”. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13(1):15-23.

(2012). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13(1):15-23

Giving an Account of Another: Commentary on Rozmarin's “Maternal Silence”

Lisa Baraitser, Ph.D.

This discussion of Miri Rozmarin's “Maternal Silence” (this issue) situates Rozmarin's article within a wider literature on motherhood and writing before moving on to argue that although a powerful account of maternal ethics, Rozmarin's call for a certain stepping aside from maternal narrative has particular resonance with discourses of maternal masochism. I argue that the child's “open future” cannot be protected by maternal silence as, following Jean Laplanche (2007), both maternal and social “noise” precipitate the possibility of a future that is never fully open. I close by linking maternal narrative with maternal temporality and suggest that this may entail an acceptance of what refuses development, what resists time.

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