Published Dec 19, 2021
Anicleta Yuliastuti Cahyaningsih Pujimahanani Rommel Utungga Pasopati


Today, the discourse of feminism pays more attention to correlations between women, motherhood, and society rather than tries to make women equal to men. Julia Kristeva explains maternal passion as motherhood’s characteristic that relates biological state of sacred womb and sociological aspect of having children. Mbah Benguk as Y. B. Mangunwijaya’s work tells about a grandmother who takes care of her two disabled grandchildren left by their mother. Mangunwijaya does not attack feminism, yet he underlines crucial role of mother. The question is; how is maternal passion reflected in Y. B. Mangunwijaya’s Mbah Benguk? Using qualitative method, cultural concepts are used to explain relations between Mangunwijaya’s story and Kristeva’s perspectives. Tensions between biological concepts of woman and sociological ideas of mother are contradicted. Being a mother shows passion than emotion as seen in children’s language as reflection of their mother’s. Motherhood is sublimation of woman’s desire to her children. In conclusion, the story of Mangunwijaya is enriched through Kristeva’s perspective especially in how woman should be present as maternal passion of the womb and the caregiver to her children.



Feminism, Julia Kristeva, Maternal Passion, Mbah Benguk, Y. B. Mangunwijaya

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How to Cite
Yuliastuti, A., Pujimahanani, C., & Pasopati, R. (2021). THE REFLECTIONS OF MATERNAL PASSIONS AS ASSERTED IN Y. B. MANGUNWIJAYA’S MBAH BENGUK. SESHISKI: Southeast Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 1(2), 92-103. https://doi.org/10.53922/seshiski.v1i2.1316
Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2021