By Karen Weingarten
Abortion within the American Imagination returns to the instant whilst American writers first dared to broach the arguable topic of abortion. What was a subject matter kept away from by way of well mannered society, purely mentioned in imprecise euphemisms at the back of closed doorways, abruptly grew to become open to lively public debate because it was once represented all over from sensationalistic melodramas to treatises on social reform. Literary student and cultural historian Karen Weingarten exhibits how those discussions have been remarkably fluid and far-ranging, touching upon problems with eugenics, economics, race, and gender roles.
Weingarten strains the discourses on abortion throughout a wide range of media, placing fiction by way of canonical writers like William Faulkner, Edith Wharton, and Langston Hughes into dialog with the era’s motion pictures, newspaper articles, and activist rhetoric. via doing so, she exposes not just the ways in which public perceptions of abortion replaced over the process the 20 th century, but additionally the ways that those abortion debates formed our very experience of what it capacity to be an American.
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Abortion in the American Imagination: Before Life and Choice, 1880-1940 (The American Literatures Initiative) by Karen Weingarten