Myths of Motherhood: How Culture Reinvents the Good Mother by Shari Thurer AND Old Mistresses- Women, Art, Ideology by Rozsika Parker
Myths of Motherhood:
This groundbreaking and irreverent history of motherhood is worth a hundred advice books for any mother who’s ever been made to feel guilty or frazzled by society’s impossible expectations. Analyzing data from the psychoanalyst’s couch to the hidden history of wet nursing, psychologist Shari L. Thurer wends her way from the Stone Age to the age of Hillary Rodham Clinton, painting a vivid, often frightening picture of life for mothers and children in a time when their roles were constructed by men. Along the way, she debunks myth after myths exposing the not-so-golden ages of Classical Greece and the Italian Renaissance, and revealing the pervasive ideal of Dr. Spock’s selfless, stay-at-home mother as the historical aberration it actually was. A work of impassioned scholarship and astonishing range, The Myths of Motherhood does nothing less than recast our conception of good mothering.
This work asks the fundamental questions about women's position and the role of cultural myths in definitions of masculinity and femininity. The authors analyze the lives and works of women in both the fine and decorative arts from the Middle Ages until the 1970s.
- two vintage books on feminism and motherhood, sold as a set
- one hardcover with dust jacket, one paperback
- both in excellent condition