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Abjection and midwifery : towards a revision of Julia Kristeva's theory of the maternal

West, Patrick 2005, Abjection and midwifery : towards a revision of Julia Kristeva's theory of the maternal, Verb, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 1-14.

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Title Abjection and midwifery : towards a revision of Julia Kristeva's theory of the maternal
Author(s) West, Patrick
Journal name Verb
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 14
Publisher Lehigh University
Place of publication Bethlehem, Pa.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1930-2894
Summary This paper will develop a specific reading of Julia Kristeva’s analysis of the Mother in psychoanalytic contexts and artistic production. I want to suggest a particular connection between the Mother and a second figure closely associated with her: the Midwife. Such a move opens up the possibility for a new understanding of Kristeva’s correlation of the Mother with the psychoanalytic concept of “abjection”. I wish to identify the Midwife as the crucial intersection of a masculine and feminine subjectivity. I will undertake this project via a historical study of Midwifery, which will include an exploration of the Midwife’s relationship to masculine ideologies of medical thought, as well as an account of the problematic rise of the “Man-Midwife”. My strategy will be to extend the submerged historical and material content of Kristeva’s own theories, with particular reference to Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection.
Language eng
Field of Research 111006 Midwifery
170105 Gender Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Lehigh University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022141

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