Genders and Sexualities in History

Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century

Editors: Evans, Jennifer, Meehan, Ciara (Eds.)

  • Explores how pregnancy has been understood in society since early modern times
  • Looks at the various histories – popular, personal and institutional – of pregnancy
  • Emphasises that our perception of pregnancy has been variable rather than static
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This multi-disciplinary collection brings together work by scholars from Britain, America and Canada on the popular, personal and institutional histories of pregnancy. It follows the process of reproduction from conception and contraception, to birth and parenthood. The contributors explore several key themes: narratives of pregnancy and birth, the patient-consumer, and literary representations of childbearing. This book explores how these issues have been constructed, represented and experienced in a range of geographical locations from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Crossing the boundary between the pre-modern and modern worlds, the chapters reveal the continuities, similarities and differences in understanding a process that is often, in the popular mind-set, considered to be fundamental and unchanging.

About the authors

Jennifer Evans is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She researches the social and cultural history of early modern bodies, medicine and gender, and her work to date has focused on infertility and reproductive health. Her previous publications include Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine in Early Modern England, 1550-1780 (2014). She is the founding editor of http://earlymodernmedicine.com, and co-director of the Perceptions of Pregnancy Researcher’s Network.

Ciara Meehan is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Her research interests include the transformation of Irish society, abortion politics, and the everyday lives of women in twentieth century Ireland. Her publications include The Cosgrave Party: a History of Cumann na nGaedheal, 1923-33 (2010) and A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-87 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). She is co-director of the Perceptions of Pregnancy Researchers’ Network.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Evans, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

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  • “Breeding” a “Little Stranger”: Managing Uncertainty in Pregnancy in Later Georgian England

    Begiato, Joanne

    Pages 13-33

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  • “Bound to Be a Troublesome Time”: Canadian Perceptions of Pregnancy, Parturition, and Pain, c. 1867–1930

    Wood, Whitney

    Pages 35-55

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  • Families, Vulnerability and Sexual Violence During the Irish Revolution

    Stover, Justin Dolan

    Pages 57-75

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  • Audible Birth, Listening Women: Storytelling the Labouring Body on Mumsnet

    Dokter, Anija

    Pages 77-105

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Buy this book

eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 106,99 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-44167-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century
Editors
  • Jennifer Evans
  • Ciara Meehan
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44168-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44168-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44167-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 251
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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