Post-Partum Document and Affect

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This paper aims to add a different inflection to the already expansive range of commentary and writing on one of the most well known artworks of the last forty years created by a female artist exploring the mother-child relation: Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document (1973-1979 hereafter PPD). It does this by exploring the place of affect in PPD and in so doing reflects on it as a complex assemblage, a monument and potentially a place where things happen. In order to analyse PPD's asignifying aspects the paper invokes the thinking of Lisa Baraitser in her book Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption, as well as aspects of Bracha Ettinger's theory of the matrixial.

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McCloskey P., (2013) “Post-Partum Document and Affect”, Studies in the Maternal 5(1). p.1-22. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/sim.121

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