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Motherhood and the cave: A search for the Mother's story

Kadmos, H.ORCID: 0000-0002-7834-1695 (2009) Motherhood and the cave: A search for the Mother's story. In: Tenth Humanities Graduate Research Conference: Creative Margins, 5 - 6 November 2009, Curtin University, Western Australia



The mother’s voice is underrepresented in literature. She has been a silent figure, always present, often near, featuring in the story of another, but rarely the focus of the story. The mother has been spoken for, about and around, but rarely has she been credited with the wherewithal to speak for herself.

This paper outlines a search for the mother’s story, and offers “the cave” as a positive concept with which to view some experiences of mothering, which can be isolating and physically restricting, while at the same time personally transforming. The cave provides a tool to help negotiate creatively the blurred boundaries between the theory and lived realities of motherhood, informing both the reading and writing of motherhood.

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