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Geographies of oppression : the cross-border politics of (m)othering: 'The break of day' and 'A yearning'.

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Geographies of oppression : the cross-border politics of (m)othering: 'The break of day' and 'A yearning'. / Aston, Elaine.

In: Theatre Research International, Vol. 24, No. 3, 09.1999, p. 247-253.

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title = "Geographies of oppression : the cross-border politics of (m)othering: 'The break of day' and 'A yearning'.",
abstract = "In the autumn of 1995 the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, UK, staged two plays which offer a dramatic treatment of the politics of motherhood: Timberlake Wertenbaker's The Break of Day (Haymarket Mainhouse, first performance 26 October 1995) and Ruth Carter's A Yearning (Haymarket Studio, 31 October to 4 November 1995). Neither play had significant box-office success, and The Break of Day received poor and hostile reviews from (male) critics, many of whom, like Paul Taylor for The Independent, commented on the play as a dramatization of {\textquoteleft}how the maternal drive can cause women to betray orthodox feminism{\textquoteright}. My counter argument is that by addressing infertility as a feminist issue for the 1990s, both plays index the need to re-conceive a politics of motherhood in an international arena, highlighting the ways in which the biological contours of women's lives are globally mapped with the specificities of social, material and cultural geographies.",
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