The Mediation of Critical Themes of Motherhood Studies in Storytelling: The Case of The Girl Who Drank the Moon


  • Catalina Millan Scheiding Berklee College of Music


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feminist criticism, motherhood studies, storytelling, fairy tales


By contemplating the emotional and intellectual link between the reader and the book, this article considers how a contemporary text might respond to current motherhood studies’ issues, and how these studies are mediated to be considered appropriate for an audience of young readers. A psychosocial research strategy is used, through a feminist theoretical framework, to analyze how the young adult novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon incorporates key ideas of motherhood studies through characters’ agency and the storytelling arch. Motherhood is represented as an institution, an individual identity and an emotional experience, and the novel offers the young reader a nuanced vision into an ongoing discussion. The potential of storytelling to mediate social justice concerns to the young reader is highlighted.


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Catalina Millan Scheiding, Berklee College of Music

PhD is an associate professor at the Liberal Arts & Sciences Department at Berklee College of Music Valencia Campus. Dr. Millán-Scheiding belongs to the Grupo de Investigación TALIS of the University of Valencia and is member of the innovation research project CI5-ODS, financed by the Generalitat Valenciana. She is also the secretary of the Journal of Literary Education and has published in numerous international journals. Her research focuses on literary education and translation as well as intercultural competences and SDGs.


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Millan Scheiding, C. (2024) «The Mediation of Critical Themes of Motherhood Studies in Storytelling: The Case of The Girl Who Drank the Moon», Cuestiones de Género: de la igualdad y la diferencia, (19), pp. 643–658. doi: 10.18002/cg.i19.8319.