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Nation and Nurture in Seventeenth-Century English Literature

Rachel Trubowitz


This book focuses on changing seventeenth-century English views of maternal nurture and the nation. The revaluation of maternal nursing goes hand-in-hand with the reformation of the nation, especially between 1603 and 1675. Maternal nurture gains new prominence in the early modern cultural imagination at the precise moment when England undergoes a major conceptual paradigm shift — from the traditional, dynastic body politic, organized by organic bonds, to the post-dynastic, modern nation, comprised of symbolic and affective relations. The period’s interlocking reassessments of maternal nurture ... More

Keywords: nursing, affect, genealogy, dynasty, spirit, nation, Judeo-Christian relations, public–private, English Protestantism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199604739
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Trubowitz, author
Professor of English, University of New Hampshire-Durham