By Veronica L. Schanoes
Even as that Seventies feminist psychoanalytic theorists like Jean Baker Miller and Nancy Chodorow have been not easy prior versions that assumed the masculine psyche because the norm for human improvement and mental/emotional overall healthiness, writers similar to Anne Sexton, Olga Broumass, and Angela Carter have been launched into their very own revisionist undertaking to respire new lifestyles into fairy stories and classical myths in accordance with conventional gender roles. equally, within the Nineties, second-wave feminist clinicians persevered the paintings all started by means of Chodorow and Miller, whereas writers of delusion that come with Terry Windling, Tanith Lee, Terry Pratchett, and Catherynne M. Valente took their idea from revisionist authors of the Seventies. As Schanoes indicates, those twenty years have been either fairly fruitful eras for artists and psychoanalytic theorists interested in concerns regarding the improvement of women's experience of self. placing apart the restrictions of either traces of feminist psychoanalytic idea, their impact is indisputable. Schanoes's ebook posits a brand new version for realizing either feminist psychoanalytic concept and feminist retellings, one who emphasizes the interdependence of thought and artwork and demanding situations the proposal that literary revision comprises a masculinist fight with the writer's creative forbearers
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Just so, mothering requires revisiting one’s own past, one’s own mother, and that revisiting generates change, a revision of one’s own mother in oneself, and of oneself in one’s daughter. Here, especially for revisions of fairy tales, myths, and folklore, the concept of othermothers becomes highly significant. There is no one original version of Cinderella, for instance; our most cherished tales and myths have significant numbers of variants. While one version may hold a particular fascination for a given writer, and act as a main mother, other variants consulted by the writer come into play as othermothers, providing relief from the main variant as well as alternative role models for the revision to follow or draw upon, transforming replication to revision.
In the following chapter, I will discuss a way of understanding mother-daughter relationships that is significantly more nuanced than the pathological identity-blurring observed here, but is still beholden to analyses of that pathology. This page has been left blank intentionally Chapter 2 Revisions of Motherhood and Daughterhood What if the connection between these texts and the theories of the motherdaughter relationships they portray is important not only on the level of content, but also on the level of genre?
One case in point is Gregory Frost’s “The Root of the Matter,” a revision of the tale of Rapunzel. The story is told in the first person, first by Mother Gothel, then by Rapunzel, and then finally by the prince. Mother Gothel is presented as a victim of childhood sexual abuse by her father. She runs away and eventually achieves complete independence from the larger world, first making money as a dominatrix and then learning magic and retreating from civilization. She views Rapunzel as another self, a younger self untainted by the violence and abuse of her past, and that view leads her to deny Rapunzel’s individuality and thus to abuse her, even while she believes herself to be protecting and caring for her adopted daughter.
Fairy Tales, Myth, and Psychoanalytic Theory: Feminism and Retelling the Tale by Veronica L. Schanoes