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The Resource Mother is a verb : an unconventional history, Sarah Knott

Mother is a verb : an unconventional history, Sarah Knott

Label
Mother is a verb : an unconventional history
Title
Mother is a verb
Title remainder
an unconventional history
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Knott
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Mothering is as old as human existence. But how has this most essential experience changed over time and cultures? What is the history of maternity--the history of pregnancy, birth, the encounter with an infant? Can one capture the historical trail of mothers? How? In Mother Is a Verb, the historian Sarah Knott creates a genre all her own in order to craft a new kind of historical interpretation. Blending memoir and history and building from anecdote, her book brings the past and the present viscerally alive. It is at once intimate and expansive, lyrical and precise. As a history, Mother Is a Verb draws on the terrain of Britain and North America from the seventeenth century to the close of the twentieth. Knott searches among a range of past societies, from those of Cree and Ojibwe women to tenant farmers in Appalachia; from enslaved people on South Carolina rice plantations to tenement dwellers in New York City and London's East End. She pores over diaries, letters, court records, medical manuals, items of clothing. And she explores and documents her own experiences. As a memoir, Mother Is a Verb becomes a method of asking new questions and probing lost pasts in order to historicize the smallest, even the most mundane of human experiences. Is there a history to interruption, to the sound of an infant's cry, to sleeplessness? Knott finds answers not through the telling of grand narratives, but through the painstaking accumulation of a trellis of anecdotes. And all the while, we can feel the child on her hip
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Knott, Sarah
Dewey number
306.874/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ759
LC item number
.K596 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Motherhood
  • Mothers
Label
Mother is a verb : an unconventional history, Sarah Knott
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mothering by numbers -- Generation -- Finding out -- Week ten, or eight weeks gone -- Quickening -- The rising of the apron -- This giving birth -- Hello, you -- Tears and anecdotes -- Staying the month -- Damp cloth -- Time, interrupted -- The middle of the night -- Pent milk -- Uncertainty, or a thought experiment -- Queer ideas at the clinic -- Back and forth -- Paper flowers -- An oak dolly tub -- Yard baby, lap baby -- Navigating the times -- The end of the night
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
viii, 306 pages
Isbn
9780374213589
Lccn
2018047978
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
  • on1036106088
  • (OCoLC)1036106088
  • 2576989
Label
Mother is a verb : an unconventional history, Sarah Knott
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mothering by numbers -- Generation -- Finding out -- Week ten, or eight weeks gone -- Quickening -- The rising of the apron -- This giving birth -- Hello, you -- Tears and anecdotes -- Staying the month -- Damp cloth -- Time, interrupted -- The middle of the night -- Pent milk -- Uncertainty, or a thought experiment -- Queer ideas at the clinic -- Back and forth -- Paper flowers -- An oak dolly tub -- Yard baby, lap baby -- Navigating the times -- The end of the night
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
viii, 306 pages
Isbn
9780374213589
Lccn
2018047978
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
  • on1036106088
  • (OCoLC)1036106088
  • 2576989

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