edited by Julie Tharp and Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb
University of Wisconsin Press, 2000
Paper: 978-0-87972-808-3 | Cloth: 978-0-87972-807-6
Library of Congress Classification PS147.T55 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 810.93520431

Compelling essays which underline the central place pregnancy and childbirth hold in 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, Toni Morrison, and Louise Erdrich all labored to reclaim the birthing process by giving voice to experiences and emotions long devalued by a patriarchal culture. Their voices resonate throughout this collection.