Inventing Maternity: Politics, Science and Literature, 1650-1865 (Hardback)
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Inventing Maternity: Politics, Science and Literature, 1650-1865 (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 31/01/1999
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Not until the eighteenth century was the image of the tender, full-time mother invented - an image that retains its power today. Inventing Maternity demonstrates that, despite its association with an increasingly standardized set of values, motherhood remained contested terrain. Drawing on feminist, cultural, and postcolonial theory, Inventing Maternity surveys a wide range of sources - medical texts, political tracts, religious writings, poems, novels, slave narratives, conduct books, and cookbooks. In her introduction, Greenfield provides a historical overview of early modern interpretations of maternity. She also considers their impact on current debates about reproductive rights and technologies, child custody, and the cycles of poverty.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813120782
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 649 g
Dimensions: 230 x 161 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Received an Honorable Mention for collaborative work from the Society for Early Modern Women." --


"These essays offer fresh and vigorous arguments for the challenges maternal roles present to social values." -- Choice


"It is extremely difficult to capture and convey the complex richness of this volume. Taken together, the constitutive essays offer a historical analysis of the making of modern maternity that is sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers." -- Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering


"Makes a timely and valuable contribution to the current scholarly conversation concerning maternity, reproduction, and the gendered body in which histories of imaginative narrative are profitably understood in conjunction with theories of gender, sexuality, race, and class." -- Julia Stern

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