In the present article I focus on Margaret Atwood’s presentation in Oryx and Crake (2003) of the patriarchal construct of motherhood, paying attention also to the way this theme here is linked up with the question of the woman’s/mother’s agency in personal life and in society. My exploration of this theme would bring out Atwood’s critique of what has been identified as the patriarchal ‘institution’ of motherhood and her presentation of an instance of ‘mothering’ that both underlines the lacunae in the sexist ideology of motherhood and gestures toward an alternative. This alternative discourse of childrearing presents a counternarrative that both critiques and disrupts the patriarchal masternarrative of motherhood and indicates the potentiality of a gynocentric mothering that gives cognizance to the mother’s needs as an individual and to the socio-political implication of motherwork.
Towards 'Feminist Mothering': Oppositional Maternal Practice in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 14(1), 236-247.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol14/iss1/14