Course Evaluation

Date Topics and Texts References


1. 2/22

General Introduction; Freud on Mother and Daughter

The Hours and Night Cries

2. 3/1

1. Daughters' Perspectives: Mother as Lack (1)

Mother-Daughter Plot Parts I & II (selections); (source 1)
Charlotte Mew "The Quiet House"
Virginia Woolf excerpt from A Sketch of the Past (source 2)

1, 2
3. 3/8

2. Mother-Child Relationship (1) Melanie Klein; "The Origins of Transference" "Some Theoretical Conclusions Regarding the Emotional Life of the Infant" (source 3)

Ref. "Introduction" Mitchell, Juliet.(reference 1)

Jean Rhys from Wide Sargasso Sea (source 2)

Links: 1; 2;
4. 3/15

3. Mother-Child Relationship (2) B. D.W. Winnicott "Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomenon"; , "Playing: A Theoretical Statement." Sarita Andrea

ref. "Mirror-Role of Mother and Family in Child Development";
(reference 1-3; 4)

Tillie Olsen "I Stand here Ironing" (1956); Sylvia Plath "Three Women" "Balloons"(source 2)

Links: 1; 2
1 ; 2
5. 3/22

4. Daughters' Perspectives: Mother as Lack (2)

Housekeeping Anne
grandfather's house and history of patriarchy dismantled;

6. 3/29

reconstruction of women's history

7. 4/5 Holiday
8. 4/12

5. Motherhood: Nancy Chodorow Reproducing Motherhood & Adrienne Rich Of Woman Born 9 (source 5, 6) Meili; Anne

Anna Wickham "The Angry Woman"(source 2) Charity
Margaret Atwood "Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother" (source 4)
(reference 2-1) Karin

9. 4/19

6. Motherhood:

Woman on the Edge of Time (mid-term week) Sarita

Links: 1
10. 4/26
Woman on the Edge of Time Anne
11. 5/3

Woman on the Edge of Time

7. The Maternal Metaphor: Irigaray Lynn 1; 2

(reference 3)

12/ 5/10

Woman on the Edge of Time

7. The Maternal Metaphor: Kristeva Charity and Karin

(reference 5)

13. 5/17

8. Mother-Daughter Relationships (1): Caribbean Daughters' Rebellion
General Introduction

Jamaica Kincaid "Girl" (source 4) and excerpts from Annie John
(reference 1-1)Meili ; Andrea

14. 5/24

8. Mother-Daughter Relationships (2): Chinese mothers and daughters

SKY Lee Disappearing Moon Cafe (to Chap III) Lynn

Links: 1; background
15. 5/31


Disappearing Moon Cafe 

16. 6/7

8. Mother-Daughter Relationships (3): Indian and Pakistani mothers

Sara Suleri two chapters from Meatless Days;
Eisha Marjara Desperately Seeking Helen (short film)

17. 6/14 Paper Presentation

Sources: Selective Bibliography

1. Hirsch, Marianne.@The Mother/Daughter Plot: Narrative, Psychoanalysis, Feminism.@Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana UP, 1989.

2. Ingman, Heather, ed. Mothers and Daughters in the Twentieth Century: A Literary Anthology. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000.

3. Klein, M. The Writings of Melanie Klein, Vol 3: Envy and Gratitude and Other Works 1946-1963. Free Press: 1984.

4. Oates, Joyce Carol & Janet Berliner, eds. Snapshots: 20th Century Mother-Daughter Fiction. Godine, David R. 2000.

5. Chodorow, Nancy.@The Reproduction of Mothering: Psycho-analysis and the Sociology of Gender.@Berkeley: U of California P, 1978.

6. Rich, Adrienne. Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution. New York: W. W. Norton, 1976.

7. Whitford, Margaret, ed. The Irigaray Reader. Blackwell, 1991. (Part I)

2. The Bodily Encounter with the Mother
3. Women-Mothers, the Silent Substratum of the Social Order.

8. Oliver, Kelly, ed. The Portable Kristeva (updated edition). New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.

Part 5: Maternity, Feminism, and Female Sexuality
Desire in Language (1980)
The Maternal Body (1975), from "Motherhood According to Bellini"
Tales of Love (1987)
Stabat Mater (1976).


0. Mitchell, Juliet. The Selected Melanie Klein. Free Press; 1st American ed edition: 1987.

1. Representations of Motherhood.@Eds. Donna Bassin, Margaret Honey and Meryle M. Kaplan.@New Haven: Yale UP, 1994.@
1-1. -- Collins, Patricia. "Shifting the Center: Race, Class and Feminist Theorizing about Motherhood." 29-45. [Collins points out that ''work that separated women of color from their children also framed the mothering relationship" 36.]
1-2. -- Benjamin, Jessica.@"The Omnipotent Mother: A Psychoanalytic Study of Fantasy and Reality."@129-46.
1-3. -- Elsa First, "Mothering, Hate, and Winnicott," in Bassin, Honey, and Kaplan, Representations of Motherhood, pp. 147V61. [Elsa First's recent discussion of Winnicott's belief that "hate," for both mothers and psychoanalysts, is a necessary element of "self-respect." As First says, Winnicott argues that the mother must acknowledge her hatred if the child is to come to terms with its own aggression and that "maternal resilience" depends on the mother's ability to "play" with her aggression, to recognize the "constructive energy" of anger.]
1-4. -- Hirsch, Marianne. "Maternity and Rememory: Toni Morrison's Beloved." 92-112. [infanticide in Beloved "takes the text . . . to the point of antinarrative" 104.]

2. The Future of Difference.@Eds.@Hester Eisenstein & Alice Jardine.@New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1987.@
2-1. Chodorow, Nancy. "Gender, Relation, and Difference in Psychoanalytic Perspective." 3-17.
2-2. Flax, Jane.@"Mother-Daughter Relationships: Psychodynamics, Politics, and Philosophy."@20-40.

3. Gauthier, Lorraine.@"The Phallic Mother: Platonic Meta-physics of Lacan's Imaginary."@The Hysterical Male: New Feminist Theory.@Eds.@Arthur Kroker and Marilouise Kroker.@New York: St. Martins, 1991. 212-34.

4. Kahane, Claire. "Gender and Voice in Transitional Phenomena." Transitional Objects and Potential Spaces: Literary Uses of D. W. Winnicott. Ed. Peter L. Rudnytsky. New York: Columbia UP.

5. Stanton, Domna C.@"Difference on Trial: A Critique of the Maternal Metaphor in Cixous, Irigaray, and Kristeva." in The Poetics of Gender.@Ed.@Nancy K. Miller.@New York: Columbia UP, 1986.@157-181.