Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century

  • Jennifer Evans
  • Ciara Meehan

Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

About this book


This multi-disciplinary collection brings together work by scholars from Britain, America and Canada on the popular, personal and institutional histories of pregnancy. It follows the process of reproduction from conception and contraception, to birth and parenthood. The contributors explore several key themes: narratives of pregnancy and birth, the patient-consumer, and literary representations of childbearing. This book explores how these issues have been constructed, represented and experienced in a range of geographical locations from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Crossing the boundary between the pre-modern and modern worlds, the chapters reveal the continuities, similarities and differences in understanding a process that is often, in the popular mind-set, considered to be fundamental and unchanging.


Sexuality Reproduction Childhood studies Women's history Medical humanities

Editors and affiliations

  • Jennifer Evans
    • 1
  • Ciara Meehan
    • 2
  1. 1. University of HertfordshireHatfieldUnited Kingdom
  2. 2. University of HertfordshireHatfieldUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44167-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44168-9
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