The everyday world of affect and mothering : an introduction / Julia Lane and Eleonora Joensuu -- Sisterly conversation : considering affect with and through the pregnant and birthing body / Eleonora Joensuu and Sofia Joensuu -- Becoming mother, performing mothering / Julia Lane and Eleonora Joensuu -- milk / Kari Marken -- Navigating the waters of early motherhood : somatic awareness, creative expression, and being held / Stephanie Theodora Park -- A poetics of maternal failure / Julia Lane -- Objects of a maternal haunting / Anna Johnson -- Empty maternal : simulating maternal care in Marina Abramovic’s The artist is present / Justyna Wierzchowska -- The "dark side" of mothering / Julia Lane and Eleonora Joensuu -- That baby will cost you : / An Intended Ambivalent Pregnancy Sandra L. Faulkner -- Blood, mud, poop, and vomit : reimagining disgust through the mother-child relationship / Eleonora Joensuu -- Unforgivable or outlaw emotions? the heart of maternal darkness in Grazia Verasani’s From Medea / Alessandro Castellini -- fail / Kari Marken -- Blurring boundaries, manoeuvring motherhood / Julia Lane and Eleonora Joensuu -- Anishinaabe fasting : respecting the power of creation / Nicole Bell -- "Mothering the mother" : doulas and the affective space / Brenda Benaglia -- Instinct, expertise, connection : the affective experience of mother’s intuition / Emily Sadowski -- Families we don’t choose : affects of resisting the institution of motherhood / Lisa Poole -- Sisterly conversation : considering affect through mothering experiences / Julia Lane and Trang Do.
"This cross-disciplinary collection considers the intersection of affect and mothering, with the aim of expanding both the experiential and theoretical frameworks that guide our understanding of mothering and of theories of affect. It brings together creative, reflective, poetic, and theoretical pieces to question, challenge, and re-conceptualize motherhood through the lens of affect, and affect through the lens of motherhood. The collection also aims to explore less examined mothering experiences such as failure, disgust, and ambivalence in order to challenge normative paradigms and narratives surrounding mothers and mothering. The authors in this collection demonstrate the theoretical and practical possibilities opened up by a simultaneous consideration of affect and mothering, thereby broadening our understanding of the complexities and nuances of the always changing experiences of affect and mothering."-- Provided by publisher..