Maternal Measures: Figuring Caregiving in the Early Modern Period, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Maternal Measures

Figuring Caregiving in the Early Modern Period, 1st Edition

Edited by Naomi J Miller, Naomi Yavneh


374 pages

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This title was first published in 2000: Care-givers in the early modern period included not only mothers and stepmothers, but also midwives and nurses, tutors and educators, wise women and witches. The contributors to this volume present research and criticism on a wide range of early modern care-giving roles by women in England, Italy, Spain, France, Latin America, Mexico and the New World. The essays are not only cross-cultural but also interdisciplinary, spanning literature, history, music and art history; and they focus on differences of gender, class and race. A wide variety of scholarly and critical approaches are represented. Essays are grouped in categories on conception and lactation; maternal nurture and instruction; domestic production; and social authority.

Table of Contents

1. Mothering Others: Caregiving as Spectrum and Spectacle in the Early Modern Period, Naomi J. Miller. Part I: Conception and Lactation. 2. Mirrors of Language, Mirrors of Self: The Conceptualization of Artistic Identity in Gaspara Stampa and Sofonisba Anguissola, Judith Rose. 3. Midwiving Virility in Early Modern England, Caroline Bicks. 4. To Bare or Not Too Bare: Sofonisba Anguissola's Nursing Madonna and the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Naomi Yavneh. 5. "But Blood Whitened": Nursing Mothers and Others in Early Modern Britain, Rachel Trubowitz. Part II: Nurture and Instruction. 6. Language and "Mothers' Milk": Maternal Roles and the Nurturing Body in Early Modern Spanish Texts, Emilie L. Bergmann. 7. Motherhood and Protestant Polemics: Stillbirth in Hans von Rute's Abgotterei (1531), Glenn Ehrstine. 8. The Virgin's Voice: Representations of Mary in Seventeenth-Century Italian Song, Claire Fontijn. 9. "His open side our book": Meditation and Education in Elizabeth Grymeston's Miscelanea Meditations Memoratives, Edith Snook. Part III: Domestic Production. 10. Negativizing Nurture and Demonizing Domesticity: The Witch Construt in Early Modern Germany, Nancy Hayes. 11. The Difficult Birth of the Good Mother: Donneau de Visé's L'Embarras de Godard, ou l'Accouchée, Deborah Steinberger. 12. "Players in your huswifery, and huswives in your beds": Conflicting Identities of Early Modern English Women, Mary Thomas Crane. 13. Maternal Textualities, Susan Frye. Part IV: Social Authority. 14. "My Mother Musicke": Music and Early Modern Fantasties of Embodiment, Linda Phyllis Austern. 15. Marian Devotion and Maternal Authority in Seventeenth-Century England, Frances E. Dolan. 16. Mother Love: Clichés and Amazons in Early Modern England, Kathryn Schwarz. 17. Native Mothers, Natuve Others: La Malinche, Pocahontas, and Sacajawea, Kari Boyd McBride. Part V: Morality. 18. London's Mourning Garment: Maternity, Mourning and Royal Succession, Patricia Phillippy. 19. Early Modern Medea: Representations of Child Murder in the Street Literature of Seventeenth-Century England, Susan C. Staub. 20. "I fear there will be a worse come in his place": Surrogate Parents and Shakespeare's Richard III, Heather Dubrow.

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Naomi Yavney

Naomi Miller

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General