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.In fact, I have written a poem thata#39;s in one of the series Ia#39;m working on now about this particular English teacher who was a major influence. She was a ninth grade ... Some of the kids that I had were just actually blown away by that beautiful little story. And she ... It was almost like a college experience in high school, in English . Small classes ... Next year I will be teaching at Manual High School. BEATTIE: I anbsp;...
|Title||:||Conversations with Kentucky Writers II|
|Author||:||Linda Elisabeth Beattie|
|Publisher||:||University Press of Kentucky - 2015-02-05|