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Shelley’s Goddess: Maternity, Language, Subjectivity

Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi


The subject of this book is the importance of the mother–infant relationship in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poetry and life. However, the book also uses Shelley as a touchstone by which to examine the rich historical and theoretical issues relevant to motherhood in the Romantic period. The book offers a detailed account of the historical rise in attention paid to mothering, the changing cultural attitudes towards the role of the mother, and the resulting effect on the nature of family life. It further discusses the psychoanalytic, Marxist, and developmental approaches to the mother–infant relations ... More

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelly, motherhood, Romantic period, mothering, mother, family, language, feminist theory, feminism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780195073843
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195073843.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi, author
Stanford University