Mothers and daughters -- the female figures neglected by
classicpsychoanalysis and submerged in traditional narrative -- are
at the center of thisbook. The novels of nineteenth- and
twentieth-century women writers from the WesternEuropean and North
American traditions reveal that the story of motherhood remainsthe
unspeakable plot of Western culture. Focusing on the feminine and,
morecontroversially, on the maternal, this book alters our
perception of both thefamilial structures basic to traditional
narrative -- the Oedipus story -- and thenarrative structures basic
to traditional representations of the family -- Freud'sfamily
romance. Confronting psychoanalytic theories of subject-formation
withnarrative theories, Marianne Hirsch traces the emergence and
transformation offemale family romance patterns from Jane Austen to
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