Understanding Motherhood as Maturation: Maternity Scripts in Lois Lowry's Son.

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    • Abstract:
      When put together with the other parts of The Giver Quartet, Son (), Lowry's recently published concluding book, emerges as an odd exception to the focus on young adult protagonists since it foregrounds the mother's perspective and addresses the issue of motherhood. It presents the reader with at least three conceptual models of motherhood: mothers (1) as human egg incubators in the community; (2) as caring and nurturing; and (3) as abusive and neglectful. Unlike the latter familiar models, the first is intended to evoke in young readers the effect called cognitive dissonance (Festinger, A Theory of Dissonance, ). Employing a combination of approaches within a cognitive paradigm (Lakoff and Johnson, Metaphors we live by, ; Schank, Explanation patterns: understanding mechanically and creatively, ; Zunshine, Why we read fiction: theory of mind and the novel, ; Gavins, Text world theory: an introduction, ), this essay in the first place seeks to demonstrate how Lowry creates her vision of maternity through cognitive scripting and how her young audience understands and makes sense of motherhood by resorting to the underlying conceptual metaphor motherhood is maturation. Simultaneously, in line with the contention that people's interpretations of phenomena are largely dependent on societal frames, we intend to confront Lowry's models with some of the cultural scripts of motherhood that prevail in Western Europe. Finally, this essay aims at explaining how young readers potentially recuperate the final meaning of Son by tracking Claire's and Gabe's mental constructions and compressing them into a joint wish text-world. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • ISSN:
      0045-6713
    • Accession Number:
      10.1007/s10583-015-9249-z
    • Accession Number:
      102664873
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    • ABNT:
      DESZCZ-TRYHUBCZAK, J.; MARECKI, M. Understanding Motherhood as Maturation: Maternity Scripts in Lois Lowry’s Son. Children’s Literature in Education, [s. l.], v. 46, n. 2, p. 190–205, 2015. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 21 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Deszcz-Tryhubczak J, Marecki M. Understanding Motherhood as Maturation: Maternity Scripts in Lois Lowry’s Son. Children’s Literature in Education. 2015;46(2):190-205. doi:10.1007/s10583-015-9249-z.
    • APA:
      Deszcz-Tryhubczak, J., & Marecki, M. (2015). Understanding Motherhood as Maturation: Maternity Scripts in Lois Lowry’s Son. Children’s Literature in Education, 46(2), 190–205. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10583-015-9249-z
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Justyna, and Mateusz Marecki. 2015. “Understanding Motherhood as Maturation: Maternity Scripts in Lois Lowry’s Son.” Children’s Literature in Education 46 (2): 190–205. doi:10.1007/s10583-015-9249-z.
    • Harvard:
      Deszcz-Tryhubczak, J. and Marecki, M. (2015) ‘Understanding Motherhood as Maturation: Maternity Scripts in Lois Lowry’s Son’, Children’s Literature in Education, 46(2), pp. 190–205. doi: 10.1007/s10583-015-9249-z.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Deszcz-Tryhubczak, J & Marecki, M 2015, ‘Understanding Motherhood as Maturation: Maternity Scripts in Lois Lowry’s Son’, Children’s Literature in Education, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 190–205, viewed 21 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Justyna, and Mateusz Marecki. “Understanding Motherhood as Maturation: Maternity Scripts in Lois Lowry’s Son.” Children’s Literature in Education, vol. 46, no. 2, June 2015, pp. 190–205. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1007/s10583-015-9249-z.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Justyna, and Mateusz Marecki. “Understanding Motherhood as Maturation: Maternity Scripts in Lois Lowry’s Son.” Children’s Literature in Education 46, no. 2 (June 2015): 190–205. doi:10.1007/s10583-015-9249-z.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Deszcz-Tryhubczak J, Marecki M. Understanding Motherhood as Maturation: Maternity Scripts in Lois Lowry’s Son. Children’s Literature in Education [Internet]. 2015 Jun [cited 2019 Oct 21];46(2):190–205. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=tfh&AN=102664873