Controlling My Voice: Producing and Performing a Special-Mothering Narrative
Excerpt: MOTHERING A SON WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, or special-mothering, as I call it, is often solitary, crazy-making work. Several years ago, in part inspired by DeAnna Chester’s personal storied account of infertility, I started actively examining my own maternal story. Eventually, a desire surfaced in me to more openly witness (Frank), voicing my maternal experiences so that other special-parents know they are not alone. From the start, though, I wondered if I could witness in an ethical way. Granted, storytelling may be agency-generating, revealing previously unheard truths (Pitre, Kushner, and Hegadoren; Pitre, Kushner, Raine, and Hegadoren; Stevens). Still, as Kristin Langellier...
Dorgan, Kelly A.. 2014. Controlling My Voice: Producing and Performing a Special-Mothering Narrative. Performing Motherhood: Artistic, Activist, and Everyday Enactments, Toronto, ON. Amber Kinser, Kym Freehling-Burton, and Terri Hawkes, Eds. Demeter Press. 132-148. https://www.amazon.com/Performing-Motherhood-Artistic-Activist-Enactments/dp/1927335922/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512065866&sr=1-2&keywords=Performing+Motherhood ISBN: 9781927335925