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32 | 2015
M comme mère, M comme monstre

M for Mother, M for Monster
Edited by Muriel Andrin, Stéphanie Loriaux and Barbara Obst
Couverture Sextant 32
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16 euros – 16 × 24 cm
ISBN 978-2-8004-1595-6

The monstrosity of mothers has always aroused society's interest. Triggering ethical debates and media outbursts, it has also been the source of an impressive number of complex artistic works. Maternal infanticide, an act that is incomprehensible in itself, has always fascinated and repulsed at the same time, leading medical science to explain these acts by pathologies with impressive names such as ‘Munchhausen syndrome by proxy’ or ‘postpartum psychosis.’ From an artistic point of view, at least since Euripides’ Medea, the motif has held a long tradition in world literature, as well as in theatre, film, and the visual arts. Whether furies or witches, do these monstrous mothers continue to be considered as unnatural beings, or has the description of these women, their actions, and presumed motivations changed over the centuries by reflecting changes in the way women are portrayed or the way current events are dealt with?

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