This Giving Birth: Pregnancy and Childbirth in American Women's Writing


This Giving Birth is a compelling collection of essays which underlines the central place pregnancy and childbirth hold in American women's writing. Embracing three centuries of prose and poetry, the anthology traces the evolution of American maternity literature, exploring the difficulties mothers faced as they struggled to transform themselves from objects into maternal subjects.

Women as diverse as Anne Bradstreet, Anne Sexton, Sharon Olds, Kate Chopin, Tony Morrison, and Louise Erdich all laboured to reclaim the birthing process by giving voice to experiences and emotions long devalued by a patriarchal culture. Their voices resonate throughout this collection in essays that are at once entertaining and insightful, academic and experiential.

Mixing the canonical with the contemporary, This Giving Birth celebrates mothers' literary achievements without lapsing into sentimentally. It's a fascinating read for anyone interested in women's literature -- or women's lives....

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Karen Haas-Howland
  • Michele Lise Tarter
  • Susan Maccallum-Whitcomb
  • Gail Lippincott
  • Debra Beilke
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Bowling Green, OH
Publication year:
  • 2000


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