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The maternal aliment

Sarah Moss

in Spilling the Beans

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780719076510
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702710 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076510.003.0003
The maternal aliment

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This chapter examines the materiality of reproductive labour in the works of Mary Wollstonecraft. It shows the changing dynamics in motherhood, which ceased to be solely defined by the physiological processes of child-bearing and became an emotional and social responsibility. The chapter then introduces the model of ‘commodity production versus nature’, and also focuses on writing and reproduction, as well as the ways discourses of writing and reproduction are phrased in terms of nutrition.

Keywords: materiality; reproductive labour; Mary Wollstonecraft; motherhood; child-bearing; commodity production; nutrition

Chapter.  16678 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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