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Not until the eighteenth century was the image of the tender, full-time mother invented. This image 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 doctrine, poems, novels, slave narratives, conduct books, and cookbooks. The first half of the volume, covering the mid-seventeenth to the late eighteenth centuries, considers central debates about fetal development, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and childbearing. The second half, covering the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries, charts a historical shift to the regulation of reproduction as maternity is increasingly associated with infanticide, population control, poverty, and colonial, national, and racial instability. In her introduction, Greenfield provides a historical overview of early modern interpretations of maternity. She concludes with a consideration of their impact on current debates about reproductive rights and technologies, child custody, and the cycles of poverty.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Susan C. Greenfield
  3. pp. 1-33
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  1. 1. Making Up for Losses: The Workings of Gender in William Harvey's de Generatione animalium
  2. Eve Keller
  3. pp. 34-56
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  1. 2. "Such Is My Bond": Maternity and Economy in Anne Bradstreet's Writing
  2. Kimberly Latta
  3. pp. 57-85
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  1. 3. Aborting the "Mother Plot": Politics and Generation in Absalom and Achitophel
  2. Susan C. Greenfield
  3. pp. 86-110
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  1. 4. The Pregnant Imagination, Women's Bodies, and Fetal Rights
  2. Julia Epstein
  3. pp. 111-137
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  1. 5. "A Point of Conscience": Breastfeeding and Maternal Authority in Pamela, Part 2
  2. Toni Bowers
  3. pp. 138-158
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  1. 6. Mary Wollstonecraft: Styles of Radical Maternity
  2. Claudia L. Johnson
  3. pp. 159-172
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  1. 7. Maria Edgeworth and the Politics of Consumption: Eating, Breastfeeding, and the Irish Wet Nurse in Ennui
  2. Julie Costello
  3. pp. 173-192
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  1. 8. Reproductive Urges: Literacy, Sexuality, and Eighteenth-Century Englishness
  2. Anita Levy
  3. pp. 193-214
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  1. 9. Infanticide and the Boundaries of Culture from Hume to Arnold
  2. Josephine McDonagh
  3. pp. 215-237
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  1. 10. "Happy Shall He Be, That Taketh and Dasheth Thy Little Ones against the Stones": Infanticide in Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans
  2. Mary Chapman
  3. pp. 238-251
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  1. 11. Reforming the Body: "Experience" and the Architecture of Imagination in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  2. Ann Gelder
  3. pp. 252-266
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 267-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-276
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813158983
Related ISBN
9780813120782
MARC Record
OCLC
654974290
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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