Abstract

Three recent picture books challenge the role of the impeccable mother. Their stories portray outbursts of irrational maternal aggression caused by limited mothering capacity. As these mothers depart from ideal stereotypes, they are shown to become monstrous in various ways. However, this paper argues that these narratives employ the monstrous towards what Jack Zipes envisages as “liberating potential”: in making the maternal monster lovable, mothers can be freed from unrealistic expectations and conformist social pressure.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1918-6983
Print ISSN
0006-7377
Pages
pp. 1-12
Launched on MUSE
2013-03-13
Open Access
No
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