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Maternal bodies : redefining motherhood in early America

Author: Nora Doyle
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This new approach to the history of motherhood examines the role the female body played in defining motherhood from the mid-eighteenth century through the first half of the nineteenth century, demonstrating that physical representations or perceptions of the body were crucial to defining motherhood in different ways both for mothers themselves and for American culture at large.
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Doyle, Nora.
Maternal bodies.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017026941
(OCoLC)989726742
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nora Doyle
ISBN: 9781469637204 1469637200 9781469637211 1469637219 9781469637181 1469637189
OCLC Number: 1032072679
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 272 pages) : illustrations
Contents: In search of the maternal body --
The tyrannical womb and the disappearing mother: the maternal body in medical literature --
Writing the body: the work of the body in women's childbearing narratives --
The highest pleasure of which woman's nature is capable: breastfeeding and the emergence of the sentimental mother --
Good mothers and wet nurses: breastfeeding and the fracturing of sentimental motherhood --
The fantasy of the transcendent mother: the disembodiment of the mother in popular feminine print culture --
Imagining the slave mother: sentimentalism and embodiment in antislavery print culture --
In search of the maternal body past and present.
Responsibility: Nora Doyle.

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This new approach to the history of motherhood examines the role the female body played in defining motherhood from the mid-eighteenth century through the first half of the nineteenth century, demonstrating that physical representations or perceptions of the body were crucial to defining motherhood in different ways both for mothers themselves and for American culture at large.

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A thought-provoking analysis that raises important questions for further research. Both historical and current debates on contraception, abortion, career paths, domesticity, gender, marriage, and Read more...

 
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