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Madres: Un ensayo sobre la crueldad y el amor

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Madres: Un ensayo sobre la crueldad y el amor se ordena en torno a una idea bien definida: en la cultura occidental, la maternidad es ese espacio en el que enterramos la realidad de nuestros propios conflictos, los que nos identifican como plenamente humanos. Las madres son las responsables últimas de nuestros fracasos personales, de todo lo que está mal en nuestra polític ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 20th 2018 by Siruela (first published April 19th 2018)
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Raquel Casas
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
«O reconocemos qué es exactamente lo que les estamos pidiendo a las madres que hagan en el mundo —y por el mundo—, o seguiremos destrozando el mundo y a las propias madres».
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Reseña completa en mi blog. Link en bio.
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En mi búsqueda de libros que aúnen Maternidad y Literatura, este libro es una de las #joyitas de mi biblioteca. Por un lado, es un ensayo que ahonda en la responsabilidad que tienen las madres social y personalmente así como su invisibilización en prácticamente todos los ámbitos (leyé
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lark benobi
Jacqueline Rose always gives me a lot to think about. This book of essays about motherhood was no exception. The shifting reflections Rose makes here about motherhood in literature and philosophy and in culture fascinated me. I especially loved the way, late in this essay collection, Rose weaves in her personal experience. My only disappointment was that this book could have been so much longer...it covers a lot of ground and in some cases I felt the themes were lightly touched upon rather than ...more
Barbara
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Oh boy, I had really high hopes of this, which might have been one of two reasons behind my disappointment. The other being the fact that I recently finished Elena Ferrante: Parole chiave that though spoke about motherhood within the framework of Ferrante's work, it did so in a way that was both thorough and practical, moving beyond the confines of literature itself.

Maybe the problem here is me, but this book is at best a very spotty introduction to the discussion of motherhood and mothers from
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Ygraine
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"the mother-daughter relationship, the pregnancy that contains the mother and all her forebears - 'and if my mother should emerge from my stomach just now when i think i am safe?' - is where the world loses its bearings and all boundaries dissolve (giving the lie to the idea that any mother can hold everything in place). [...] allowing borders to open, recognising the radical fragility of the boundaries we create, can also be seen, in relation to mothers, as the foundation for a different ethics ...more
Jaco Barnard-Naudé
I was privileged to be in conversation with the author on 4 December at The Book Lounge in Cape Town. This is a book that makes you understand why Edward Said says of the author that she has no peer amongst critics of her generation. The analysis is lucid and breathtaking. The prose leaps off the page and the argument allows us to understand clearly why our culture’s approach to mothers and motherhood lies at the core of our contemporary predicament.
natàlia
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
no ha resultado ser lo que yo esperaba (tira más por el camino de la teoría literaria que por el de la sociología), pero lo he disfrutado muchísimo. he tomado nota de bastantes referencias bibliográficas y me quedo para siempre con algunas de las reflexiones de la autora (que además me flipa cómo escribe) <3 ...more
Zoë Siobhan
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
I wish I had read this while I was in the depths of postnatal depression instead of the many mothering manuals I desperately trawled for the cure to mine and my baby's endless tears. I could have done with a decent feminist analysis of why it was ok that I wasn't perfect.

Three stars purely because there were bits of the book that just weren't for me but I'm sure are other people's cup of tea - I am glad I read about mothers in classical literature but I admit I skipped the Elena Ferrante chapter
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Julia
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
maybe jacqueline rose's flair for the dramatic and gestural in this book can best be emblematized by her unusually frequent use of the word "plaint." i say this neutrally or even affectionately, i think—and also as a (self-) reminder that we attend to a book's necessary limits, even if that book has decided to call itself, mightily, "mothers." i think really that the subtitle—"an essay on love and cruelty"—is far more revealing. we might want to think about this book not as about mothers (i mean ...more
Dominic
"What are we doing – what aspects of our social arrangements and of our inner lives, what forms of historic injustice, do we turn our backs on, above all, what are doing to mothers – when we expect mothers to carry the burden of everything that is hardest to contemplate about our society and ourselves?"

Jacqueline Rose's brilliant new book Mothers can be described as one person's attempt to come to terms with motherhood, with what Rose describes as the "acute pleasure of being a mother". Acute
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Sally Flint
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
This is a rollercoaster of a book which I part enjoyed very much and I in part wanted to stop and ask a million questions about. To sum up it is a long essay that explores motherhood in Western culture, arguing that motherhood is the condition that all the wrongs of the world are subsumed into, be they political or personal, and that mothers are also supposed to make everything perfect and the demands upon them are immense and impossible. To explore this the writer draws heavily on literature, l ...more
Alan Asnen
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“...every birth, no matter how glorious or empowering, is a harbinger of death...mothers are still left to die in hospitals, in prisons, and on the streets.”
This was the final quote of many in a review by Merve Emre of Oxford University in The Nation which convinced me to read this book.
Dr. Rose is one of the most astounding young scholars of postmodern feminism in Britain today and something of a “scoundrel,” having ruffled feathers with her previous work on Peter Pan, Sylvia Plath and Zionism
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Fiona Crombie
Really struggled to get through this book - I did persevere - probably in some vain attempt in not to allow myself not to be outsmarted by a book - when normally I don’t subscribe to the idea of reading to the end, regardless of the lack of enjoyment of the book. It was hard work.

Haven’t come away from the experience feeling like a better or worse mother, or, daughter but definitely feeling like a worst feminist for it. Never been a fan of Freud and perhaps this was the biggest turn off for me.

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Alison
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hm. I love Rose’s acute intellect and articulate analysis usually, but this reads like it’s written for a different audience, who may not be interested in that analytical intellect. It is a scattergun approach to everything written that disavows and idealizes mothers. Actually not quite everything; there’s some more interesting research she hasn’t read like Fiona Giles, Christina Traina, Alison Bartlett, Julie Stephens, especially on the maternal erotic. Perhaps this is an initial general reader ...more
Zoraida Gutiérrez Palma
Rose hace un análisis necesario, desde varias aristas, sobre la maternidad, pero es la visión política la que contiene todos sus argumentos.

Particularmente, aprecié mucho su referencia a ¿Eres mi madre? de Alison Bechdel porque es una novela gráfica bastante potente a la que le guardo cariño; además, me deja también la curiosidad de buscar otras, como las novelas de Elena Ferrante, a quien no conocía.

Aunque la perspectiva del libro es claramente desde las madres, me resonaron mucho sus reflexion
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Ida
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En interessant bok om det å være mor. Hvordan vi dømmer, instruerer og ser på mødre. Hva mødre gjør mot sine barn, både med vilje og uten å være klar over det. Hvordan en kvinne nesten slutter å være kvinne etter at hun blir mor - da er hun bare .... mamma, på et vis. Forfatterskapene til Elena Ferrante, Simone de Beauvoir, Sylvia Plath, Ariel Leve, Magona Sindiwe m.fl. diskuteres i lys av det å være mor. Historie og nåværende forhold tas opp. Alt i alt en interessant og godt skrevet bok om et v ...more
Crystal
3.5

Mostly wish there'd been more, this felt like a beginning. I ended up buying a book by Sindiwe Magona whose story story was discussed here as an example of a character who abandons her babies due to socioeconomic reasons. Medea, of course, features but I was hungry for even more perspectives outside the usual Western canon. There are acknowledgements of its limitations but with the one word main title (ignoring the subtitle) I was hoping.
Niamh O'connell
This book has some really unique criticisms to offer on the impossible standards expected of modern mothers.

But, overall, it is a very vague book with no real overall argument.

Rose moves between Greek tragedies to the fiction of Elena Ferrante to South African novels kind of grasping for similarities.

The book feels more like a homage to Rose’s experience as a mother and to her female relatives than it does as an academic analysis of the cult of motherhood.
Abby
I was excited about this book when I saw that it contained a chapter on Elena Ferrante, but I found it largely disappointing on the whole. Most of Rose’s gripes about the public perceptions of motherhood are not new or particularly insightful, and the book as a whole seems to have no central focus or point. I am not sure what it is about, really, or what Rose was trying to say.
Amani
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love her critical sense. She does an excellent job of showing the complexity and the unspoken experience of motherhood through literary analysis. The text is vague to some extent and it often leaves you confused, but I believe it is a significant book because it provokes the need to explore further the ambiguous and mysterious experience of motherhood.
Rhonda
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Insightful and thought provoking. Talking about things we know but don't like to think about a lot sometimes because it doesn't fit the rosy, comfortable face of what it is to be, and to have, a mother that is rooted in childhood and family mythology. Or we do but its not ok to talk about it.
Leanne Ellis
Interesting perspective about how motherhood should not be idealized or demonized and how different authors approach the subject. I felt the theme too narrow thought, reduced to extremes and not delving into the complexities of how different writers approach the subject even if on the periphery. Her book on Sylvia Plath was more detailed, thought-provoking, and researched.
Genevieve Brassard
4.5: Thought-provoking and helpful to me personally and for my scholarly interest in literary representations of ambivalent mothers.
مريم
I love the ideas in this book, but it was sometimes hard to read. Had to stop halfway
Aya
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a like a long conversation you’ve been waiting for someone to have with you
Laurossiela
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely necessary account on the other side of motherhood. Brilliant!
Aafke Romeijn
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting analysis of motherhood in cultural artefacts from ancient Greece to Elena Ferrante. Pretty heavy on the psychoanalytical side, reduces every narrative to a Lacanian read.
Carrie Chappell
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose's Ferrante chapter is quite well-done.
Julie Muir
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A deep dive into feminism theory. Intensely insightful and relatable.
Molly
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
descending more deeply into the lovely, dark valley of uncanny, by which i mean reading books about MOTHERHOOD while staying with my MOTHER in ME (an under-appreciated narcissistic state acronym, rivaled only in poetic potentiality by my OR[igin]). forgive my (parenthetical) indulgences. it could be worse. for instance, today i wrote an entirely abcedarian personals ad, "analytical baby critic/dyke...," that of course i will not submit. it will wither but never die in the archives of my notes ap ...more
Mikaela Oldham
I have been trying to read this for so long now. I find it such hard going, very academic, full of references to literature that I don’t understand. Very psychoanalytically driven, and is definitely a feminist text full of feminist writers (Plath, Rich, Woolf, de Beavouir, etc). But it is extremely thought provoking and I underlined heaps of lines or passages. The middle two chapters “Psychic Blindness: Loving and Hating” were my two favourites. I would like to talk to someone who knows and unde ...more
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Jacqueline Rose, FBA (born 1949, London) is a British academic who is currently Professor of Humanities at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

Rose was born into a non-practicing Jewish family. Her elder sister was the philosopher Gillian Rose. Jacqueline Rose is known for her work on the relationship between psychoanalysis, feminism and literature. She is a graduate of St Hilda's College, O
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