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Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty

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Writer Jacqueline Rose argues that mothers are the ultimate scapegoat for our political and personal failings and that we will continue to tear both the world and mothers to pieces unless we recognise what role we are asking mothers to perform.

Rose argues that motherhood is the place in our culture where we bury our conflicts and what it means to be fully human. Mothers are scapegoats for personal and political failings and for everything that is wrong in the world. In doing this, we blind ourselves to the world’s iniquities.

Professor Jacqueline Rose FBA, Professor of Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London

Part of the British Academy day at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

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