Kerry Fast -- Speaking & SigningMonday Jun 24 2013 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
Speaking & Signing Mothering Mennonite (Demeter Press).
Mothering Mennonite marks the first scholarly attempt to incorporate religious groundings in interpretations of motherhood. The contributions included here broaden our understanding of maternal identity as something not only constructed within the family and by society at large, but also influenced significantly by historical traditions and contemporary belief systems of religious communities.
Mothering Mennonite, a multidisciplinary compilation of essays and creative writing, joins narrative and scholarly voices to address both the roles of mothering in Mennonite contexts and the ways in which Mennonite mothering intersects with the world at large. Contributors address cultural constructions of motherhood within ethno-religious Mennonite communities, examining mother-daughter relationships and intergenerational influences, analyzing visual and literary representations of Mennonite mothers, challenging cultural constructions and expectations of motherhood, and tracing the effects of specific religious and cultural contexts on mothering in North and Latin America.
Co-Editor Kerry Fast is a freelance editor, writer and researcher. She was born and raised in Manitoba but moved to Toronto to study where she earned a PhD in religion at the University of Toronto. Kerry loves words and ideas and has published both academically and creatively. Her writings have appeared in The Journal of Mennonite Studies and Rhubarb.