Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen

Berit Åström: " ‘A Mom-Shaped Hole’ ”

  • Datum: 12 april, kl. 15.15–17.00
  • Plats: Engelska parken - Eng6-0031
  • Arrangör: Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen
  • Kontaktperson: Anna Williams
  • Seminarium

Högre seminariet i litteraturvetenskap

“ ‘A Mom-Shaped Hole’: Investigating the Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination”. Docent Berit Åström, Umeå universitet, presenterar ett forskningsprojekt och en nyutkommen antologi.

Material finns tillgängligt i seminariehyllan men kan även rekvireras digitalt från Anna Williams.

Postseminarium.

Ordf.: Williams


Presentation
“ ‘A Mom-Shaped Hole’: Investigating the Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination”. Western literature, film and television is full of missing mothers: dead, lost or simply mysteriously absent. For a long time, I have puzzled over this trope of the dead/absent mother. What functions does it fulfil? What meanings does it take on? What questions does it enable narrative to raise? What cultural concerns does it articulate? How does it relate to ideas of motherhood and fatherhood? These questions were addressed in my project Missing, Presumed Dead, and in the resulting anthology The Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination: Missing, Presumed Dead (2017), which covered material from the twelfth century to 2015. This presentation will give an overview of the project and the book and open up for wider discussions.