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Postscript: Our Maternities: The Historical Legacy

Chris Laoutaris

in Shakespearean Maternities

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780748624362
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671687 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624362.003.0006
Postscript: Our Maternities: The Historical Legacy

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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

Chapter.  752 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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