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The mother-son relationship : an investigation of mutual responses


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Falconer, Gabrielle 1996 , 'The mother-son relationship : an investigation of mutual responses', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This thesis creates a narrative in which a child's growing
independence and separation from the mother are dealt with.
The importance of this relationship in the formulation of both
their identities is exposed. I have identified the emotions
involved in the separation such as loneliness, protectiveness,
frustration, jealousy, tenderness, isolation, rejection and
Accepted notions of the role of the mother have sentimentalised
the relationship between the mother and child and this is
expressed in much Western art.
My personal experience as a mother has caused me to challenge
these assumptions. Through an investigation of my personal
experience I have achieved a deeper understanding of this aspect
of women's lives. I have developed a concept of the mother as a
separate body; a female body. Rather than seeing the child gain
his distinct identity with the mother suffering a loss and
abandonment, I have understood myself as also independent of
my child and my role as a mother.
Feminine sexuality is central to any such considerations and the
relationship a woman has with her own mother is crucial to an
understanding of motherhood and feminine experience. I have
used my mother's participation, both actual and psychological,
within my own experience of motherhood, as a case study.
The sexual tension that exists between a mother and her male
child and that is usually suppressed in representation, is
revealed as an element of our interaction.
I have found in the course of my research that much of the study
done in this area is undertaken by those who have not
experienced motherhood. I have achieved some fusion of
theoretical analysis and personal on going experience in order to
expand and evolve our understanding of this aspect of our lives.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Falconer, Gabrielle
Keywords: Motherhood in art, Mothers and sons in art
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1997. Includes bibliographical references

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