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Rewriting maternal femininity in Mary Kelly’s Post-Partum Document
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Post-Partum Document (PPD) is an archive of objects that represent the pleasures Mary Kelly's maternal figure takes in caring for her child. PPD engages with the psychoanalytic narrative to rewrite the positioning of maternal femininity. The 'Introduction' to PPD consists of four infant vests made of yellow wool. The first chapter of PPD, 'Documentation I: Analyzed Fecal Stains and Feeding Charts,' creates a more complicated relationship to maternal sentiment. PPD reflects and complicates the attention members of the Women's Movement paid to transforming the conditions of women's work and undoing the gendered division of labour. 'Documentation VI' replicates the form and visual appearance of the Rosetta Stone, the famous Egyptian stele inscribed with hieroglyphs, Demotic, and ancient Greek, to memorialise the loss that the child's acquisition of language represents. 'Documentation II' exemplifies Kelly's attention to the work that goes into the child's language acquisition.

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