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Shakespearean maternities : crises of conception in early modern England

Author: Chris Laoutaris
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This study explores maternity in the 'disciplines' of early modern England. Placing the reproductive female body centre-stage in Shakespeare's theatre, Chris Laoutaris ranges beyond the domestic sphere in which the rituals of childbirth, midwifery and wet-nursing were performed in order to recuperate the wider intellectual, epistemological, and archaeological significance of maternity to the Renaissance  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Student Collection
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Laoutaris
ISBN: 9780748624362 0748624368
OCLC Number: 184821688
Description: xv, 304 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Constructing maternal knowledge --
1. Flesh and stone : dissecting maternity in the theatre of anatomy. --
Behold the woman : the Renaissance anatomist in the satyr's mask --
Hearts and hands : the satirical disclosures of maternity in Shakespeare's Hamlet --
2. The cabinet of wonders : monstrous conceptions in the theatre of nature. --
Wonders of common things : the natural history of maternity and the Renaissance garden-grotto --
Above the beast : the monster and the natural historian in Shakespeare's Tempest --
3. Strange labours : maternity and maleficium in the theatre of justice. --
Breaching the wall : the archaeologies of witchcraft and the maternal body in early modern England --
Poisoned chalices : the reproductive demonologies of Shakespeare's Macbeth --
4. Speaking stones : memory and maternity in the theatre of death. --
Voce pia mater : memoralising mothers and the death-ritual in early modern England --
A celerity in dying : the maternal postures of death in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra --
Postscript: Our maternities : the historical legacy.
Responsibility: Chris Laoutaris.
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