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Introduction - Explaining and Exploring the Dead or Absent Mother
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7243-0059
2017 (English)In: The Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination: Missing, Presumed Dead / [ed] Berit Åström, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 1-21 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter addresses the question of why the dead/absent mother-trope is invoked in so many narratives and the many answers given, in mainstream conversations in various online media as well as in scholarly analyses. The chapter includes an overview of previous scholarly research, which is grouped according to the explanatory model given, rather than chronologically. Such an organization generates useful insights, not only into how scholars have approached the dead/absent mother-trope, but also into the transhistorical character of the trope itself. The chapter is concluded with an overview of the other chapters in the anthology, showing how they demonstrate that the dead/absent mother-trope is a cultural conversation that transcends historical and generic divisions. 

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Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 1-21 p.
Keyword [en]
gender, motherhood, psychoanalysis, historiography, transhistoricism
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138281DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-49037-3ISBN: 978-3-319-49036-6 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-49037-3 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138281DiVA: diva2:1133634
Available from: 2017-08-16 Created: 2017-08-16 Last updated: 2017-08-16

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