Dangerous Ideas about Mothers edited by Camilla Nelson and Rachel Robertson

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December 2018, no. 407
Felicity Plunkett reviews 'Dangerous Ideas about Mothers' edited by Camilla Nelson and Rachel Robertson

Dangerous Ideas about Mothers

edited by Camilla Nelson and Rachel Robertson

UWA Publishing, $29.99 pb, 246 pp, 9781742589909

Dangerous Ideas about Mothers edited by Camilla Nelson and Rachel Robertson

Reviewed by
December 2018, no. 407

An essay at the heart of this collection, ‘Against Motherhood Memoirs’ by Maria Tumarkin, is not as insistent as its title suggests. Tumarkin, interested in ‘fissures and de-fusion’, troubles the awkward spots in her analysis. While reading Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts (2015) – which places ‘motherhood and queerness side by side’ with autotheory and what Nelson calls ‘post-shame’ autobiographical writing – Tumarkin describes being ‘beside herself’ with exhilaration.

Felicity Plunkett reviews 'Dangerous Ideas about Mothers' edited by Camilla Nelson and Rachel Robertson

Dangerous Ideas about Mothers

edited by Camilla Nelson and Rachel Robertson

UWA Publishing, $29.99 pb, 246 pp, 9781742589909

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