Where the Wild Narratives of Motherhood Are: The Maternal Development of the Capacity to Narrate

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Abstract

This article conceptualizes motherhood as a self-state that is based on the capacity to narrate in the spaces between maternal self-narratives and maternal child-focused narratives. It suggests that each maternal state of self possesses a capacity to narrate, a “thirdness” that allows each narrative to emerge. Bibliotherapy is presented as a psychoanalytic channel that focuses on the development of the capacity to narrate by facilitating a maternal subjective playground. The ideas are illustrated via a clinical case and Maurice Sendak’s children’s story Where the Wild Things Are.

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