A Cultural History of Pregnancy

Pregnancy, Medicine and Culture, 1750–2000

  • Clare Hanson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Clare Hanson
    Pages 1-15
  3. Clare Hanson
    Pages 16-50
  4. Clare Hanson
    Pages 51-82
  5. Clare Hanson
    Pages 83-113
  6. Clare Hanson
    Pages 114-145
  7. Clare Hanson
    Pages 146-175
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 176-214

About this book


Hanson explores the different ways in which pregnancy has been constructed and interpreted in Britain over the last 250 years. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including obstetric texts, pregnancy advice books, literary texts, popular fiction and visual images, she analyzes changing attitudes to key issues such as the relative rights of mother and foetus and the degree to which medical intervention is acceptable in pregnancy. Hanson also considers the effects of medical and social changes on the subjective experience of pregnancy.


cultural history culture intervention physiology social change

Authors and affiliations

  • Clare Hanson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishLoughborough UniversityUK

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