© 1997

Maternal Instincts

Visions of Motherhood and Sexuality in Britain, 1875–1925

  • Claudia Nelson
  • Ann Sumner Holmes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ann Sumner Holmes, Claudia Nelson
    Pages 1-12
  3. Nancy Fix Anderson
    Pages 13-36
  4. Ann Sumner Holmes
    Pages 37-57
  5. George Robb
    Pages 58-74
  6. Lillian Nayder
    Pages 75-97
  7. Claudia Nelson
    Pages 98-121
  8. Susan R. Grayzel
    Pages 122-140
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 166-171

About this book


Maternal Instincts brings together seven new essays exploring conflicting visions of motherhood and sexuality in a period during which both terms were undergoing radical change. Representations of both concepts mutated to accommodate different cultural contexts and individual ideologies. Drawing upon sources including literature, film, medical handbooks, popular science, and legal records, the articles collected here construct a vision of motherhood as alternately idealized, discredited, and fragmented by virtue of its connection with sexualities licit and illicit.


child children conflict education Eugenics film gender morality race science war

Editors and affiliations

  • Claudia Nelson
    • 1
  • Ann Sumner Holmes
    • 2
  1. 1.Southwest Texas State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Honors CollegeLouisiana State UniversityUSA

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