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Questions of innocence and guilt: child abduction and the representation of mothers in post-war British cinema

Fink, Janet (2012). Questions of innocence and guilt: child abduction and the representation of mothers in post-war British cinema. Families, Relationships and Societies, 1(2) pp. 191–206.

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Abstract

The figure of the missing child is a recurrent and highly visible feature of past and present culture, the concern not only of extensive reporting in the media but also a frequent motif in the cinema, theatre, popular fiction and autobiographical memoirs. This article is focused upon the ways British feature films of the 1950s and 1960s portray the experiences of losing a child through kidnap or abduction, exploring in particular how mothers were represented. Through an examination of the complex and contradictory discourses through which motherhood and the maternal role were constituted in these films, the paper considers what they reveal about the shifting meanings of the mother-child relationship and the dynamics of gender relations in the home and post-war society more generally. The films discussed are Lost (1956), Tomorrow at Ten (1962) and Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964).

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Policy Press
ISSN: 2046-7435
Extra Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Families, Relationships and Societies. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Fink, Janet, Questions of innocence and guilt: child abduction and the representation of mothers in post-war British cinema, Families, Relationships and Societies, Volume 1, Number 2, June 2012 , pp. 191-206(16) is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674312X645510
Keywords: child abduction, British cinema, gender relations, motherhood
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 35379
Depositing User: Janet Fink
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 10:18
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2012 17:08
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/35379
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