Sheila Heti’s “Motherhood”: Writing Against Patriarchy
In this class, we'll read Sheila Heti's autofictional Motherhood (2018), a novel about one woman's inability to decide whether to have children. Heti uses writing as an anti-patriarchal tool for redefining motherhood and creating new possibilities for writing and living. We'll use her work to write about our own experiences of writing, caring/mothering, gender, embodiment (including abortion and pregnancy), and sexuality. In class, we'll close read and discuss the novel, then turn to writing prompts to develop our own autofictions.
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Kaelie Giffel, Ph.D., formerly of Seattle, now writes and does violence prevention work in Durham, NC. Her writing focuses on feminism, education, and the joys of intellectual work for activists. Her work has appeared in academic journals and elsewhere.