The Wandering Womb
I was listening to a RadioLab podcast on this morning's commute and arrived at work right at the mention of "schizophrenogenic mothering," which gave me pause. Grandma G. was obviously schizophrenic--at least according to her medical records. What was the thinking about schizophrenia at the time? How much burden did her mother bear? How much blame?
The memoir has so many narratives to untangle: mental illness, nature versus nurture, epigenics, feminist theory. Freud! Freud had lots to say about hysteria. It's the Greek word for "of the womb," after all. Didn't people believe, for a time, that certain health problems were caused by wandering wombs?
So yes, lots of things to investigate and study. But I can't ignore the dedication to the bigger story. The bigger story must eventually culminate into a book, and it can't be too dense or dry or complicated. I need to make deliberate decisions about what and what not to include. But to make the right decisions, I must first fully understand the threads.
The Wandering Womb would be a good name for a punk rock band.