Through an exploration of the imbricated identities of mother, feminist academic, and Recovering Catholic, the author demonstrates how poetry can be a method of inquiry into the self and the culture(s) that gave birth to it, and a method of meaning making. This autoethnographic essay invites readers to make their own meanings of motherhood through an encounter with poetry. Poetry is used as a way to convey the author’s own experiences of motherhood and mothering within a particular religious and cultural tradition so as to provide some critical perspective on both.
Hail Mary: On Prayers, Poetry, and Navigating Motherhood
Vicki S. Hallett is an assistant professor in the department of gender studies at Memorial University. For many years her research and writing have focused on the co-constitutive aspects of identity and place as expressed through life narrative. Her work can be found in the journals a/b:Auto/Biography Studies, TOPIA: A Journal of Canadian Cultural Studies, Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, and Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region, among others.
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Vicki S. Hallett; Hail Mary: On Prayers, Poetry, and Navigating Motherhood. Journal of Autoethnography 21 September 2020; 1 (4): 354–369. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2020.1.4.354
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