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The Resource Birthing bodies in early modern France : stories of gender and reproduction, Kirk D. Read

Birthing bodies in early modern France : stories of gender and reproduction, Kirk D. Read

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Birthing bodies in early modern France : stories of gender and reproduction
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Birthing bodies in early modern France
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stories of gender and reproduction
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Kirk D. Read
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eng
Summary
The pregnant, birthing, and nurturing body is a recurring topos in early modern French literature. Such bodies, often metaphors for issues and anxieties obtaining to the gendered control of social and political institutions, acquired much of their descriptive power from contemporaneous medical and scientific discourse. In this study, Kirk Read brings together literary and medical texts that represent a range of views, from lyric poets, satirists and polemicists, to midwives and surgeons, all of whom explore the popular sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century narratives of birth in France. Although the rhetoric of birthing was widely used, strategies and negotiations depended upon sex and gender; this study considers the male, female, and hermaphroditic experience, offering both an analysis of women's experiences to be sure, but also opening onto the perspectives of non-female birthers and their place in the social and political climate of early modern France. The writers explored include Rabelais, Madeleine and Catherine Des Roches, Louise Boursier, Pierre de Ronsard, Pierre Boaistuau and Jacques Duval. Read also explores the implications of the metaphorical use of reproduction, such as the presentation of literary work as offspring and the poet/mentor relationship as that of a suckling child. Foregrounded in the study are the questions of what it means for women to embrace biological and literary reproduction and how male appropriation of the birthing body influences the mission of creating new literary traditions. Furthermore, by exploring the cases of indeterminate birthing entities and the social anxiety that informs them, Read complicates the binarisms at work in the vexed terrain of sexuality, sex, and gender in this period. Ultimately, Read considers how the narrative of birth produces historical conceptions of identity, authority, and gender --
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Women and gender in the early modern world
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  • French literature
  • Childbirth in literature
  • French literature
  • Gender identity in literature
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Birthing bodies in early modern France : stories of gender and reproduction, Kirk D. Read
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [191]-200) and index
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
Spying at the lying-in: Les Caquets de l'accouchée as birthing event -- Staging the competent midwife: the royal birth stories of François Rabelais and Louise Boursier -- Touching and telling: gendered variations on a gynecological theme -- Assimilation with a vengeance: maternity without women in male French Renaissance lyric -- Unstable bodies: birthing monstrosities in early modern France -- Strange fellows in bed: exotic men's postpartum blues -- Postpartum
Control code
FIEb17459643
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 205 pages
Isbn
9780754666325
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)676922955
Label
Birthing bodies in early modern France : stories of gender and reproduction, Kirk D. Read
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [191]-200) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Spying at the lying-in: Les Caquets de l'accouchée as birthing event -- Staging the competent midwife: the royal birth stories of François Rabelais and Louise Boursier -- Touching and telling: gendered variations on a gynecological theme -- Assimilation with a vengeance: maternity without women in male French Renaissance lyric -- Unstable bodies: birthing monstrosities in early modern France -- Strange fellows in bed: exotic men's postpartum blues -- Postpartum
Control code
FIEb17459643
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 205 pages
Isbn
9780754666325
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)676922955

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