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Giffney, N. Mulhall, A. O'Rourke, M. (2012). To Encounter a Child: Maternal Subjectivity and the Aesthetics of Reading. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13(2):69-79.

(2012). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13(2):69-79

Encountering, Theorizing and Living Maternal Subjectivities: A Panel Discussion of Lisa Baraitser's Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption

To Encounter a Child: Maternal Subjectivity and the Aesthetics of Reading

Noreen Giffney, Ph.D., MSc., Anne Mulhall, D.Phil. and Michael O'Rourke, M.Litt.

This article offers an outline and preliminary analyses of key aspects of Lisa Baraitser's (2009) Maternal Encounters as a situating opening piece in a special feature arising from an intensive seminar on Baraitser's work held in Dublin in September 2010. The first section opens out some of the psychoanalytic implications of Baraitser's theory of maternal subjectivity. The second section considers the importance of temporality and the interruption of the “seamless” thinking subject for the emergence of a maternal subject and considers Baraitser's maternal subject in relation to some key queer and feminist positionings of maternity. The final section assesses the text's contribution to philosophical debates. First, it discusses how Baraitser attends to the everyday in developing an aesthetics of ordinariness. Second, it looks at deconstruction and inhabitation. Finally, it considers cultural phenomenology, objects, and the magic Baraitser locates in things.

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