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A Narrative of Fear: Advice to Mothers
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7243-0059
2015 (English)In: Literature and medicine, ISSN 0278-9671, E-ISSN 1080-6571, Vol. 33, no 1, 113-131 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Taking present-day research into so-called new momism and intense mothering as a starting point, this article argues that the current mothering discourse, rather than articulating a new phenomenon, perpetuates a regulative discourse developed in the nineteenth century, in advice books written by medical doctors for pregnant women and new mothers. Both the Victorian and the present-day texts play on feelings of guilt and inadequacy in order to control the actions and emotions of mothers, although the threatened outcome differs: present-day mothers are warned that their children may become obese or develop neuropsychological disorders, whereas Victorian mothers are warned that their children might die.

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2015. Vol. 33, no 1, 113-131 p.
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mothering discourse, advice books, childcare
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106619DOI: 10.1353/lm.2015.0001ISI: 000357240300006PubMedID: 26095843OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-106619DiVA: diva2:843168
Available from: 2015-07-27 Created: 2015-07-24 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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