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Captive Bodies:
American Women Writers Redefine Pregnancy and Childbirth

Mary Ruth Marotte

Captive Bodies

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October 2008
146 pages $19.95

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Table of Contents

Introduction:  Captive Bodies:  American Women Writers Redefine Pregnancy and Childbirth

Chapter 1: 
The Historical Female Captivity Narrative as Precursor to the Twentieth-Century Pregnancy Narrative

Chapter 2: 
Legitimizing Captivity:  Pregnancy from Chopin to O’Connor

Chapter 3: 
Working-Class Writers on Pregnancy: Freeing Socially and Economically Captive Bodies

Chapter 4: 
Emerging From Captivity:  How African American Women Writers Use Pregnancy and Childbirth to Confront the Past and Create the Future

Chapter 5: 
Captivated By Captivity:  How Memoirs Reinscribe Pregnancy for the Contemporary Reader


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