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A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories

Rachel Bowlby


Among the elementary human stories, parenthood has tended to go untold. Compared to the spectacular attachments of romantic love, it is only the predictable sequel. Compared to the passions of childhood, it is just a background. In reality, parenthood has quite distinctive stories of desire and grief, anxiety and hatred embodied in the foundlings of abandonment and the ‘seeklings’ of parental longing. In recent decades, too, far-reaching changes in typical family forms and in procreative possibilities (through reproductive technologies) have engendered new stories and questions. Why do people ... More

Keywords: parental identity, reproductive choice, reproductive technologies, reproduction, foundlings, Euripides, Henry Fielding, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, George Moore, Edith Wharton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199607945
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607945.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Bowlby, author
Northcliffe Professor of English at UCL