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Imagining the Fetus: The Unborn in Myth, Religion, and Culture

Jane Marie Law and Vanessa R. Sasson


In contemporary Western culture, the word “fetus” introduces either a political subject or a literal, medicalized entity. Neither of these frameworks gives sufficient credit to the vast array of literary and oral traditions emerging from religious cultures around the world that see within the fetus a symbol, a metaphor, an imagination. The editors maintain that the fetus has been hijacked by two dominant and powerful modes’the political and the medical’and the potential of the fetus as symbol to serve as a gateway to imagination has been reduced as a result. This volume grows out of the acknow ... More

Keywords: womb, fetus, fetal symbolism, medicalization, mother, pollution, unborn, symbol, gender, transformation, mythology, metaphor, embryology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195380040
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Marie Law, author
Cornell University
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Vanessa R. Sasson, author
Marianopolis College, Montreal