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Sheehy, M. (2012). Sparring with the Eternal Maternal Abject. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13(1):65-67.

(2012). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13(1):65-67

Sparring with the Eternal Maternal Abject

Maura Sheehy, L.C.S.W.

Historically, mothers have not been able to tell their own story, due to either patriarchal exaltation/abjection of the maternal or the privileging of the child's experience of the maternal. The author finds herself reacting to Djurberg's depiction of the maternal experience as a woman who is a mother, not as a critic, theorist, or analyst, and wonders whether Djurberg has reenacted an abjection of the maternal or whether she is trying to awaken the viewer to these tensions between the theoretical and “real” mother.

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