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Writing Maternity: Medicine, Anxiety, Rhetoric, and Genre

April 21 | 6:00 pm7:30 pm EDT

Join Dara Rossman Regaignon, Dylan B. Dryer, Perri Klass,Talia Schaffer, & Joseph Mclaughlin as they explore the origins of maternal anxiety

When did mothers start worrying so much? Why do they keep worrying so? Writing Maternity answers these questions by identifying the nineteenth-century rhetorical origins of maternal anxiety, inviting readers to think about worrying not as something individual mothers do but as an affect that since Victorian times has defined middle-class motherhood itself. In this book, Rossman Regaignon offers the first comprehensive study of child-rearing advice literature from early-nineteenth century Britain and argues that the historical emergence of that genre catalyzed a durable shift in which maternal care was identified as maternal anxiety.

This event is co-sponsored by The Medical Humanities Working Group