Mothermorphosis

Australian storytellers write about becoming a mother

Monica Dux
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Published

1 April 2015

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9780522867848

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Melbourne University Press

Mothermorphosis

Australian storytellers write about becoming a mother

Monica Dux
Beaming with joy. A natural mother.
Worst Mother. Best mother. Guilt-ridden.
Incompetent. Exhausted.
The mythology of motherhood is often reduced to cliché. But how do we articulate the complex internal conflicts, the exhilaration and the absurdity of this transformation?
Mothermorphosis is a collection of essays on the experience as told by some of Australia's most talented writers and storytellers.
In these stories we read about the yearning for a child, the private and public expressions of love, identity in the face of motherhood, gratitude, pride, celebration and loss.
Ultimately we learn that there is no one version of this epic story, no one tale that could ever speak for all, and no one way of encapsulating the experience. However, in reading other women's experiences, the hard bits, the ridiculous bits, we can only become more compassionate, not just to other mothers but hopefully to ourselves.
The mythology of motherhood is often reduced to cliché. But how do we articulate the complex internal conflicts, the exhilaration and the absurdity of this transformation?
Mothermorphosis is a collection of essays on the experience as told by some of Australia's most talented writers and storytellers.
In these stories we read about the yearning for a child, the private and public expressions of love, identity in the face of motherhood, gratitude, pride, celebration and loss.
Ultimately we learn that there is no one version of this epic story, no one tale that could ever speak for all, and no one way of encapsulating the experience. However, in reading other women's experiences, the hard bits, the ridiculous bits, we can only become more compassionate, not just to other mothers but hopefully to ourselves.

Monica Dux

Monica Dux

Monica Dux has worked in the media, publishing and academia and writes regularly for The Age and The Australian. She grew up in Sydney and now lives in Melbourne with her partner and children.

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