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Abortion in England, 1861-1967

Grant reference: PTA-026-27-1810

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Book chapter details

Representations of illegal abortionists in England, 1900-1967
This collection explores the complex intersections between literature and the medical treatment of women between 1600 and 2000. It will be the first single volume to fully analyse the impact of women’s surgery on literary production and, conversely, ways in which literary trends have shaped the course of gynaecology and other branches of women’s medicine. The interdisciplinary essays underscore how popular art forms have served an important function in the formation of ‘women’s science’ prior to the twenty-first century. The book also demonstrates how a number of high-profile medical controversies were taken up and reworked by novelists, philosophers, and historians. Focusing on the vexed and convoluted story of women’s medicine, this volume offers new ways of thinking about gender, science, and the Western imagination.

Primary contributor

Author Emma Jones

Additional details

Liverpool University Press
08 February 2011
The female body in medicine and literature