Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"I Stand Here Ironing." Tillie Olsen.

One-minute review: A mother meditates about Emily, her child who was unsmiling, introverted, different from the Shirley Temple look, who could not love her mother. Her mother rationalizes about why her daughter could not return her affection, but as she talks, she reveals how she had slighted the child, makes excuses for her failure to pay attention to Emily: the baby and the other children who needed her attention. Emily was an enigma. How much was Emily’s fault and how much her mother’s?

Comment: The literature of parenting. Would Emily’s behavior today be diagnosed as autistic? RayS.

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Eds. Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1989.

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