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Midwife, witch, and woman-child: Metaphor for a matriarchal profession

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Title: Midwife, witch, and woman-child: Metaphor for a matriarchal profession
Author(s): Hearne, Betsy
Subject(s): Storytelling
Abstract: The story, its procreation; the literature, its practice: these are integrated, interactive processes. Let's not throw away the box of recipes. Although still suspect (for example, see Ritter's newspaper reports, "Midwives Battle State Crackdown" and "A Tough State for Midwives"), midwifery is in many circles increasingly valued as an integrated, interactive way to deliver babies. And it is no accident that metaphors of midwifery fit smoothly in a matriarchal profession that has delivered the private domain of storytelling into the public domain of children's literature.
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In B.Hearne, J.M.Del Negro, C.Jenkins, and D.Stevenson (eds) Story, from fireplace to cyberspace : connecting children and narrative (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute held October 26-28, 1997): 37-51.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (39th : 1997)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
ISBN: 0878451056
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-04-17

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