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The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History

Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives

Editors: Davis, Gayle, Loughran, Tracey (Eds.)

  • Reflects on and interrogates different approaches to the history of infertility, including the potential of cross-disciplinary perspectives, and the uses of different kinds of historical source material.
  • Develops historical perspectives on an apparently transhistorical experience through by exploring different chronological periods and geographical regions.
  • Considers the ways in which subjective experiences of infertility, access to treatment, and medical perspectives on this ‘condition’ have been mediated by social, political and cultural discourses, including those around gender and the family.
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About this book

This ground-breaking, interdisciplinary volume provides an overdue assessment of how infertility has been understood, treated and experienced in different times and places. It brings together scholars from disciplines including history, literature, psychology, philosophy, and the social sciences to create the first large-scale review of recent research on the history of infertility. Through exploring an unparalleled range of chronological periods and geographical regions, it develops historical perspectives on an apparently transhistorical experience. It shows how experiences of infertility, access to treatment, and medical perspectives on this ‘condition’ have been mediated by social, political, and cultural discourses. The handbook reflects on and interrogates different approaches to the history of infertility, including the potential of cross-disciplinary perspectives and the uses of different kinds of historical source material, and includes lists of research resources to aid teachers and researchers. It is an essential ‘go-to’ point for anyone interested in infertility and its history. 

 

About the authors

Gayle Davis is Senior Lecturer in the History of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and has published extensively in the social history of medicine since c.1880. Her published work includes the books ‘The Cruel Madness of Love’: Sex, Syphilis and Psychiatry in Scotland, 1880-1930 (2008) and The Sexual State: Sexuality and Scottish Governance, 1950-80 (with Roger Davidson, 2012).

Tracey Loughran is Reader in History at the University of Essex, UK. Her research explores gender, medicine and psychology in twentieth-century Britain. Her major work to date is Shell-Shock and Medical Culture in First World War Britain (2016).

Table of contents (31 chapters)

  • Introduction: Infertility in History: Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives

    Loughran, Tracey (et al.)

    Pages 1-25

  • Introduction: Defining the ‘Problem’: Perspectives on Infertility

    Loughran, Tracey (et al.)

    Pages 29-35

  • Great Expectations: Infertility, Disability, and Possibility

    Shigley, Sally Bishop

    Pages 37-55

  • Whose Fault is it Anyway? Plant Infertility in Antiquity

    Totelin, Laurence M.V.

    Pages 57-75

  • From ‘Fructification’ to ‘Insemination’: Nomenclature and the Practice of Artificial Insemination

    Gurtler, Bridget

    Pages 77-98

Buy this book

eBook $189.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-52080-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $239.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-52079-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History
Book Subtitle
Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives
Editors
  • Gayle Davis
  • Tracey Loughran
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52080-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52080-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52079-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 663
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations
Topics