In now famous words, the American feminist poet Adrienne Rich called the mother-daughter relationship “the great unwritten story”. All “the materials are there” she wrote, “for the deepest mutuality and the most painful estrangement” (225-6). Rich praised Virginia Woolf for creating in To the Lighthouse “what is still the most complex and passionate vision of mother-daughter schism in modern literature”, referring to it as “one of the very few literary documents in which a woman has portrayed her mother as a central figure” (227). How tragic that in 1972 when Rich began her ground-breaking book Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution, she did not even …
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