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Shakespearean MaternitiesCrises of Conception in Early Modern England$
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Chris Laoutaris

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624362

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624362.001.0001

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Postscript: Our Maternities: The Historical Legacy

Postscript: Our Maternities: The Historical Legacy

(p.268) Postscript: Our Maternities: The Historical Legacy
Shakespearean Maternities

Chris Laoutaris

Edinburgh University Press

The maternal body has a rich and complex history. It is hoped that this book has been a first step towards recuperating a maternal body which is not historically passive but dynamic, active and challenging; not the subject but the agent of history. It was during the age of Shakespeare that branches of learning seeking to legitimise their own professionalised status reconceived the anatomy of birth, the order of creation, the impact of the preternatural, and the inviolability of lineage and social distinction, as the adjuncts to the disciplined construction of a maternal body whose inherent properties assumed the imprint of a largely autonomous nature.

Keywords:   maternal body, Shakespeare, birth, preternatural, creation, lineage, social distinction

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