Mothertext: Restoring the Mixed Matrilineal Routes to Heritage

Osborne, Deirdre. 2017. Mothertext: Restoring the Mixed Matrilineal Routes to Heritage. In: S SuAndi, ed. The Story of M and Selected Poems. London: Oberon Books, pp. 10-27. ISBN 9781786821157 [Book Section]

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Employing my framework, 'Mothertext', the article provides the critical Introduction and contextual commentary for the monodrama, The Story of M which flexes notions of racial determiners as being skin-deep. As the work demonstrates, such identities are not fixed, but mixed. SuAndi, a spoken-word poet and live art performer creates a poignant and feisty character M who is direct, caustic, compassionate, working-class, a loving mother and – dying of cancer. The text becomes a landscape of a recollected life lived determinedly, at times against social expectations but always with generosity and strong spiritedness and vulnerability. The conscious matrilineality of this monodrama’s power restores women’s experiences, still so often marginalised in public life and records throughout Britain’s institutions and social bodies.
This exemplifies my critical collaborations with contemporary writers and publishers to create sustained social impact for enhancing understanding of minority communities.
• The book is a text for the new A-levels English Literature syllabus that I have written for the EdExcel Examination Board (launch June, 2017). It demonstrates how my research, teaching and curricula development provide cultural impact in the design and delivery of school educational curricula, diversification initiatives, and promoting inclusion.
Review: Elaine Aston

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mixed race, motherhood, black women, racism, Liverpool postwar, matrilineally

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)


19 January 2017Published

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14 Mar 2017 11:56

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19 Feb 2022 16:51


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