The rich blend of personal and theoretical voices in this most needed addition to the growing field of critical discourse on motherhood reveals the necessity for reflective understanding and critical thought concerning the role of experts in motherhood, while celebrating the resolute agency of mothers who trouble and defy the ideology/ideal of the good mother. --- Fiona J. Green, Chair, Women s and Gender Studies Department, University of Winnipeg
Mother Knows Best presents a sustained critique of the leading mothering advice literature of the past decade or so. With a cutting-edge approach and a frank, talking back tone, the authors make a significant contribution to the current literature on mothering. --- Lauri Umansky, Professor, History Department; Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Suffolk University
Mother Knows Best trumpets the voices of mothers: their experiences, their knowledge, and their authority. A mix of powerful analyses of the advice of parenting experts and potent personal reflections about mothering in the 20th and 21st centuries, these essays make an important contribution to the study of motherhood and should be read by all those interested in what it means to mother feminist scholars, professors, writers, and mothers themselves. --Heather Hewett, Assistant Professor, English and Women s Studies;
About the Author
Jessica Nathanson received her Ph.D. in American Studies from SUNY at Buffalo and is Assistant Professor of Women s Studies and Director of the Women s Resource Center at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Her research interests include hybrid identities, reproductive rights, and feminist pedagogy; and she is the mother of a six-year-old son. Laura Camille Tuley is an Instructor in English and Women s Studies at the University of New Orleans and a graduate student in Counseling at Loyola University. She has written on the theme of feminine embodiment in the work of Luce Irigaray and has published on feminist theory, art and culture. Laura writes a regular column on mothering in Mamazine.