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Lost Love and Haunted Houses: Daughters Mourning Mothers in Fictions of Female Development

Author: Brooke Diane Eskilson; Marilynne Robinson; Ellen McLaughlin
Publisher: 2006.
Series: Honors paper Macalester College.
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : Manuscript : Microfilm   Archival Material : English
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The ghost stories examined in the project suggest that women's achievement of autonomous selfhood within patriarchal culture requires mourning or individuating from the mother without fully giving up their primary attachment to her. In "The Haunting" and "Housekeeping," a haunted house signifies the phantasied maternal body. The two works illustrate the equally deadly consequences of a daughter's re-incorporation  Read more...
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Named Person: Marilynne Robinson; Ellen McLaughlin
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Brooke Diane Eskilson; Marilynne Robinson; Ellen McLaughlin
OCLC Number: 123957105
Notes: Typescript.
Honors paper presented to Macalester College. English Dept.
Reproduction Notes: Also issued on microfilm.
Description: ii, 141leaves : ill. ; 28 cm.
Series Title: Honors paper Macalester College.
Responsibility: Brooke Diane Eskilson.

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The ghost stories examined in the project suggest that women's achievement of autonomous selfhood within patriarchal culture requires mourning or individuating from the mother without fully giving up their primary attachment to her. In "The Haunting" and "Housekeeping," a haunted house signifies the phantasied maternal body. The two works illustrate the equally deadly consequences of a daughter's re-incorporation with the mother as home and a daughter's repudiation of the mother as home. "Tongue of a Bird" proposes that, to live and love beyond maternal loss, daughters must reject the mother as home paradigm and recognize their mothers as women-subjects.

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