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Shakespearean Maternities: Crises of Conception in Early Modern England

Chris Laoutaris


This study explores maternity in the ‘disciplines’ of early modern England. Placing the reproductive female body centre-stage in Shakespeare's theatre, it ranges beyond the domestic sphere in order to recuperate the wider intellectual, epistemological and archaeological significance of maternity to the Renaissance imagination. Focusing on ‘anatomy’ in Hamlet, ‘natural history’ in The Tempest, ‘demonology’ in Macbeth, and ‘heraldry’ in Antony and Cleopatra, this book reveals the ways in which the maternal body was figured in, and in turn contributed towards the re-conceptualisation of, bodies o ... More

Keywords: maternity, early modern England, reproductive female body, Shakespeare's theatre, Renaissance, anatomy, Hamlet, natural history, demonology, Macbeth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748624362
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Laoutaris, author