Writing Maternity: Medicine, Anxiety, Rhetoric, and Genre (First Edition, First Edition, Original Monograph)

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Ohio State University Press
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6.2 X 9.3 X 0.8 inches | 0.93 pounds

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About the Author
Dara Rossman Regaignon is Associate Professor of English at New York University.
"Writing Maternity offers a detailed and nuanced discussion of the cultural formation of anxious parenting in the nineteenth century. Employing rhetorical genre theory as a critical lens, Regaignon makes an exciting contribution to studies of emotion and of parenting." --Tamara S. Wagner, author of The Victorian Baby in Print
"Regaignon's valuable and convincing book historicizes the anxious affects of middle-class motherhood. Attentive to material conditions and historical readerships, Regaignon illuminates the links among embodiment, affect, and genre in this elegant and engagingly written study." --Risa Applegarth, author of Rhetoric in American Anthropology: Gender, Genre, and Science
"[An] engaging, important book ... To better capture--and perhaps revise--cultural and scientific discourses, Writing Maternity shows why we should bring rhetorical studies into closer conversation with literary studies. This book is also a significant contribution to the study of maternity and care." --Livia Arndal Woods, Review 19
"[Writing Maternity] is impressively succinct, packing a carefully nuanced study of the rhetorical effect of various literary genres (childrearing advice literature, memoir, and popular fiction) on maternal emotion in Victorian-era Britain....Compellingly, Regaignon's study aids in illuminating a direct connection between mothering, class, and nation-building....It provides an important basis for thinking about the part women have played and continue to play in the development of nations (not just symbolically) and the psychological impacts of that role." --Amber Gill, H-Net