AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThis 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.
CitationMcCloskey, P., (2013). 'Post-Partum Document and Affect'. Studies in the Maternal, 5(1), pp.1–22. DOI: 10.16995/sim.121.
JournalStudies in the Maternal