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Monstrous motherhood : eighteenth-century culture and the ideology of domesticity

Monstrous motherhood : eighteenth-century culture and the ideology of domesticity

Author: Marilyn Francus
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Spectral and monstrous mothers populate the cultural and literary landscape of the eighteenth century, overturning scholarly assumptions about this being an era of ideal motherhood. Although credited with the rise of domesticity, eighteenth-century British culture singularly lacked narratives of good mothers, ostensibly the most domestic of females. With startling frequency, the best mother was absent, disembodied,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Francus, Marilyn.
Monstrous motherhood.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013
(DLC) 2012012929
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marilyn Francus
ISBN: 9781421407982 1421407981
OCLC Number: 830022822
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (352 pages)
Contents: Mothers of the apocalypse : maternal allegory and myth in Swift and Pope --
All too human : maternal monstrosity and Hester Thrale --
Suffer the little children? : the infanticidal mother in literature --
Until proven innocent : infanticide in the public record and in court --
Be monstrous or be marginal : stepmothers in literature --
Pin the tale on the stepmother : Elizabeth Allen and the Burneys --
But she's not there : the rise of the spectral mother.
Responsibility: Marilyn Francus.


Monstrous Motherhood will compel scholars in eighteenth-century studies, women's studies, family history, and cultural studies to reevaluate a foundational assumption that has driven much of the  Read more...


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