Performing Motherhood: Artistic, Activist, and Everyday Enactments


Price: $34.95

Page Count: 312

Publication Date: December 2014

ISBN: 978-1-927335-92-5

Performing Motherhood explores relationships between performativity and the maternal. Highlighting mothers’ lived experiences, this collection examines mothers’ creativity and agency as they perform in everyday life: in mothering, in activism, and in the arts. Chapters contain theoretically grounded works that emerge from multiple disciplines and cross-disciplines and include first-person narratives, empirical studies, artistic representations, and performance pieces. This book focuses on motherwork, maternal agency, mothers’ multiple identities and marginalized maternal voices, and explores how these are performatively constituted, negotiated and affirmed.

Performing Motherhood is a remarkable collection of studies about mothering that combines scholarly theory, personal and professional passion, and hope for change through creating new choices. The voices of the writers reveal not only their diverse personalities and experiences of what constitutes family but also the range of challenges they
face and their creative interactions with the role of mother, especially new mother. Using a variety of research traditions, they explore the diversity of performing motherhood. A must read for academic mothers and daughters.
—Alice H. Deakins, William Paterson University, Editor of Mothers and Daughters: Complicated Connections Across Cultures

This book reached in and quenched a thirst for connection in me. I realized how unaware I had previously been of my deep yearning for connection with mothers specifically through considerations of the performance of mothering. Through the rich array of stories and studies in this book, I felt as though I gained a back stage glimpse of how others perform the role of mother and to what reviews. This is a must read for both scholars and enthusiasts — accessible, smart and richly varied.
—Beth Osnes, Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Colo- rado and Author of Theatre for Women’s Participation in Sustainable Development

Performing Motherhood is a multi-genre collection in four acts. Some of the contributing authors explore feminist performances of motherhood that use artistic media to disrupt restrictive roles; others shine a spotlight onto the daily-lived performances expected of all mothers. As these artist scholars make evident, the stakes are high for all of us.
Performing Motherhood offers creative engagements that, when acted upon, have the potential to produce transformation in ourselves, our communities and our human relationships.
—Sheena Wilson, Telling Truths: Storying Motherhood

Performing Motherhood: Artistic, Activist, and Everyday Enactments

Edited by Amber Kinser, Kryn Freehling-Burton, and Terri Hawkes

COURTNEY E. BROOKS. The Maternal is Political: Appalachian Maternalist Protest Songs. American. Scholarly.

CHRISTINE S. DAVIS. Liminal Families: Foster and Kinship-Care Mothers’ Narrative Performance of Family. American. Scholarly.

KELLY A. DORGAN . Controlling My Voice: Producing and Performing a Special-Mothering Narrative. American. Creative-Scholarly.

LAURA ENDACOTT. Performing the Maternal in Public Space. Cdn. Creative.

KRYN FREEHLING-BURTON. Motherlines. American. Creative.

MARTHA E. GONZALEZ. “Mixing” in the Kitchen: Entre Mujeres (Among Women): Translocal Music Dialogues. American. Creative.

TERRI HAWKES. The Invisibility of Motherhood in Toronto Theatre …or…The Triple Threat: Money, Logistics, Body. Cdn. Scholarly.

KELLY JESKE. Those Eyes. American. Creative.

J. LAUREN JOHNSON. Our Films, Our Selves: Performing Unplanned Motherhood through Videographic Inquiry. Cdn. Creative.

AMBER KINSER. If I Could Give a Yopp: Confronting Sex, Talk, and Parenting. American. Creative.

JENNIE KLEIN. Grains and Crumbs: Performing Maternity. American. Creative.

NATALIE S. LOVELESS. Maternal Ecologies: A Story in Three Parts. Cdn. Creative.

JOANI MORTENSON. She Gesticulated Wildly: Queer(ing) Conception and Birth Narratives. Cdn. Creative.

BRONWYN PREECE. Performing Ecological Motherhood through/as Disability/Performing Disability as/through Ecological Motherhood. Cdn, American, and UK. Creative.

LISA SANDLOS. Shimmy, Shake, or Shudder?: Behind-the-Scenes Performances of Competitive Dance Moms. Cdn. Creative-Scholarly.

PAVNA SODHI. Punjabi Matriarchs: Demonstrating Intergenerational Cultural Preservation. Cdn. Creative.

ELYSE M. WARFORD AND LYNNE M. WEBB. Mothers’ Reports of Challenging Conversations with their Adopted Children: Performing the Social Role of Mother. American. Scholarly.

SHEILAH WILSON. Mother Mountain Ghost. Cdn. Creative.