Mother Lode: Memories of My Mother Outlaw(s)
This personal essay is a most special tribute to the author’s own mother Bernadette Sheila Ledgard Baran (1930-2015) and includes a re-visioning of her own feminist research and several papers that she has presented at conferences over the past decade inspired by the stories based in her own motherline. As a life writing “love letter” for a mother and daughter’s mutual project of bearing witness to Adrienne Rich’s continuing vision for “mother outlaws” to embody a more empowered mothering within the institution of motherhood, this essay equally acknowledges the challenges of reclaiming the possibilities for such a feminist mothering of resistance when a legacy of potentially misunderstood “outlaw mothering” is present within one’s own maternal past.
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