Splitting the Baby: The Culture of Abortion in Literature and Law, Rhetoric and Cartoons / Edition 2

Splitting the Baby: The Culture of Abortion in Literature and Law, Rhetoric and Cartoons / Edition 2

by Linda Myrsiades
ISBN-10:
0820458163
ISBN-13:
2900820458167
Pub. Date:
10/07/2002
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

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Splitting the Baby: The Culture of Abortion in Literature and Law, Rhetoric and Cartoons / Edition 2

Myrsiades (English, West Chester U.) analyzes American abortion culture as it has been expressed through the literary and visual arts. The volume begins with an overview of the history and tradition of abortion law from ancient times to the present. The rhetoric and advertising campaigns of the pro-life and pro-choice movements are then discussed. Finally, Myrsiades examines references to abortion from 1973-2000 in poetry, short fiction, and cartoons. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900820458167
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 10/07/2002
Series: Eruptions: New Feminism Across the Disciplines Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 203
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

The Author: Linda Myrsiades is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She has published cultural studies in Greek folklore and theater (Cultural Representation in Historical Resistance; Culture and Comedy; and The Karagiozis Heroic Performance), co-edited collected essays on race studies, law and literature, and teaching literature (Un-Disciplining Literature; Raceing Representation; and Margins in the Classroom), and has enjoyed the opportunity of serving as a NEH fellow.

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgmentxiii
Chapter 1The History and Tradition of Abortion Law1
The Anthropology of Abortion1
Midwives, Witchcraft, and Abortion3
Colonial History and Common Law6
Slavery, Reproduction, and Abortion15
Pattern Shifts in Abortion Law19
Storer's Egg, or the Physicians' Campaign21
Conclusion27
Notes33
Chapter 2Rosaries v. Ovaries: The Rhetorics of Abortion39
Legal Metaphors40
Politics and Rhetoric43
Abortion Profiles44
Choice and Life Arguments47
The Public Media54
Prolife Rhetoric and Civil Rights59
Biblical Rhetoric62
Roles in the Abortion Wars64
The Courts64
The Medical Profession65
Reproductive Woman66
The Fetus69
Conclusion72
Notes74
Chapter 3Cartooning Crisis: Visualizing the Abortion Wars80
Women and Abortion in Cartoons80
The Pregnant Male88
The Law in Cartoons92
The Supremes in Cartoon97
Conclusion102
Notes106
Chapter 4The Poetry of Abortion110
The Abortion110
Abortion's Effects117
Women and Identity121
The Male Perspective124
Conclusion132
Notes137
Chapter 5The (Short) Fiction of Abortion139
Relationships139
The Male Perspective146
Race and Abortion150
Conclusion161
Notes164
Conclusion: Splitting the Baby165
Notes172
Works Cited175

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