No One Cares About Your Dead Mum
From 'The Undermining of Dead Mothers in Contemporary Visual Culture':
"In the original Star wars trilogy, it takes Luke Skywalker/Mark Hamill three films to ac- knowledge his dead mother (Return of the Jedi, 1983). In How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Hic- cup’s mother isn’t mentioned until 47 minutes into the film, “and then quickly brushed aside with a joke about her breasts” (Berit Åström 2015). In Jem and the Holograms (2015), a big deal is made of the fact that the characters were orphans, and that their father had left behind a legacy. At no point does the film reference or even consider that the mother is also, presumably, is dead.
Repeatedly, a message is sent to audiences that dead mothers don’t matter, whether through totally neglecting to mention her at all in the narrative, or by emphasising the importance of the father-child bond. As observed in This is a dead mom essay (Maddie Taterka, 2015), “dead parent stories where the parent dies young and while the child is still old enough to comprehend what’s going on seems [...] to almost always be about dead dads”."
No One Cares About Your Dead Mum is the publication version of my final year dissertation.
It's A6 - please be aware that the type is pretty small. If you would like a copy but struggle with the size, please email me and I'll reply with the original PDF of my dissertation!
These were printed and put together by myself, so irregularities are present. Also, typos.
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