By Sara D. Luttfring
This quantity examines early sleek representations of women’s reproductive wisdom via new readings of performs, tremendous delivery pamphlets, clinical treatises, court docket files, histories, and extra, that are usually interpreted as depicting woman reproductive our bodies as passive, silenced items of male keep an eye on and critique. Luttfring argues as an alternative that those texts signify girls workout epistemological regulate over copy during the tales they inform approximately their our bodies and the methods they act those tales out, combining speech and actual functionality into what Luttfring calls 'bodily narratives.' the facility of those physically narratives extends past wisdom of person our bodies to incorporate the ways in which women’s tales approximately copy form the patriarchal identities of fathers, husbands, and kings. within the renowned print and theater of early sleek England, women’s our bodies, women’s speech, and particularly women’s speech approximately their our bodies practice socially constitutive paintings: developing legible narratives of lineage and inheritance; making and unmaking political alliances; shaping neighborhood economies; and defining/delimiting male socio-political authority in clinical, royal, familial, judicial, and fiscal contexts. This ebook joins transforming into serious dialogue of the way lady reproductive our bodies have been used to symbolize socio-political issues and should be of curiosity to scholars and students operating in early smooth literature and tradition, women’s historical past, and the heritage of medicine.
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