In her paper "(Post)Feminism, Transnationalism, the Maternal Body, and Michèle Roberts," Ayako Mizuo argues that the question and problematics of feminism have diversified over the last few decades. Diverse and competing voices have been, nonetheless, incorporated into the paradigm of an equality and difference sexual dichotomy. Further, recent discussions about feminism suggest the problematization of gender differences. Consequently, exponents of postfeminism are compelled to ask what comes next? Mizuo urges that the issue of the tangibility of the body acquires a particular relevance within this context and that thus the ultimate question is how the site of the maternal body may be negotiated. Michèle Roberts is identified as one of the key British women authors writing (on) the body. Roberts's novel Fair Exchange is said to illustrate the problem of the future of feminism by tracing its historical origins and prospects. In focusing on the question of representations of the maternal body through maternal metaphors, Mizuo discusses the ways in which Roberts negotiates the site of the maternal body beyond the boundaries of time and nation and towards the global and transnational.
"(Post)Feminism, Transnationalism, the Maternal Body, and Michèle Roberts."
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