In this chapter, Amanda Kane Rooks argues that Sue Miller’s American novel The Good Mother provides an illustration of the way motherhood and female sexuality continued to serve as key sites of patriarchal control over women in the late twentieth century, despite the alleged freedoms won for women in the wake of the feminist and sexual liberation…[Read more]
Amanda Kane Rooks explores the representation of Ophelia in Michael Almereyda’s film adaptation of Hamlet. Rooks argues that Almereyda’s film does not conform to the tendency in film adaptations to reduce Ophelia to the status of tragic prop and that it instead imbues this character with an ideological potency to rival Hamlet himself.
Amanda Kane Rooks examines how select Australian Aboriginal poetry by Kevin Gilbert, Lisa Bellear, Aileen Corpus, Archie Weller, Roberta Sykes, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Romaine Moretain and Mudrooroo Narogin subvert white, patriarchal constructions of race and gender in Australia. More specifically, Rooks argues that these poems collectively highlight…[Read more]
In this article, Amanda Kane Rooks examines Pascal Ferran’s Lady Chatterley, the first film adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover to be directed by a woman. Rooks argues that, of all the film adaptations of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Pascal’s is the first to truly challenge contemporary sexual mores in a way that matches the radical…[Read more]
Amanda Kane Rooks examines how Kate Chopin’s The Awakening draws upon competing maternal archetypes from classical antiquity in a way that exposes the nineteenth century ambivalence towards the mother figure. Rooks argues that the novel critiques the dualistic construction of the mother and illustrates how the mother figure’s standing as a figure…[Read more]
In her article “Motherhood and Sexuality in Flaubert’s Madame Bovary” Amanda Kane Rooks examines the narration of relationships in Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary between Emma’s role as mother and her sexuality. Rooks argues that this narrative relationship provides a space where the association between the oppressions of motherhood and women’s…[Read more]
In this article, Rooks argues that Geoffrey Wright’s modern film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is part of the enduring western discourse linking femininity, sexuality and evil and that the film exposes our persistent fascination with and anxiety over the alleged dangerous sexual power of women.
In this article, Rooks argues that Murray Bail’s novel Eucalyptus aligns women and the Australian bush landscape in ways that serve to highlight the uncertainty of identity on national and individual levels and that, more specifically, critiques the misogynistic nature of Australia’s national ethos.