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Making Babies

Infants in Canadian Fiction

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Making Babies by Sandra Sabatini
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Although the infant has been a consistent figure in literature (and, for many people, a significant figure in personal life), there has been little attention focused on infants, or on their place in Canadian fiction, until now. In this book, Sandra Sabatini examines Canadian fiction to trace the ideological charge behind the represented infant. Examining writers from L.M. Montgomery and Frederick Philip Grove to Thomas King and Terry Griggs, Sabatini compares women's writing about babies with the way infants appear in texts by men over the course of a century. She discovers a range of changing attitudes toward babies. After being seen as a source of financial burden, social shame, or sentimental fantasy, infants have increasingly become a source of value and meaning. The book challenges the perception of babies as passive objects of care and argues for a reading of the infant as a subject in itself. It also reflects upon how the representations of infancy in Canadian literature offer an intriguing portrait of how we imagine ourselves.

Author Biography

Sandra Sabatini is both a fiction writer and a scholar. She is the author of the award-winning collection of stories, "The One with the News", and teaches at the University of Guelph. She is currently working on a novel.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 2003
Country of Publication
Canada
Imprint
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Pages
224
Dimensions
159x235x20
ISBN-13
9780889204232
Product ID
2245332

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