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This Giving Birth
Pregnancy and Childbirth in American Women's Writing
Edited by Julie Tharp and Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb

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Compelling essays which underline the central place pregnancy and childbirth hold in women's writing. Embracing three centuries of prose and poetry, the anthology traces the evolution of American maternity literature, exploring the difficulties mothers faced as they struggled to transform themselves from objects into maternal subjects. Women as diverse as Anne Bradstreet, Anne Sexton, Sharon Olds, Kate Chopin, Toni Morrison, and Louise Erdrich all labored to reclaim the birthing process by giving voice to experiences and emotions long devalued by a patriarchal culture. Their voices resonate throughout this collection.

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Book cover is pink and purple with a picture of a mother and a baby.

LC: 99-051805 PS
184 pp.   6 x 9
11 b/w photos
ISBN-10: 0-87972-807-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-87972-807-6
Cloth $45.95 t
ISBN-10: 0-87972-808-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-87972-808-3
Paper $16.95 t

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