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Sarah Stone, William Cadogan and Enlightenment motherhood

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Sarah Stone practiced midwifery in Somerset in the early eighteenth century and published a book of her cases. My talk explores the texture of her practice and the ways in which she mobilizes Enlightenment categories in ways we might not expect from a rural midwife. Indeed, I argue that she has much in common with William Cadogan, the urbane physician to the London foundling hospital who was a key architect of Enlightenment motherhood.

Mary Fissell is a historian of medicine, gender, and the body who teaches in the Department of the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, where she also co-edits the Bulletin of the History of Medicine. She is the author of a number of articles and two books, most recently Vernacular Bodies (Oxford, 2004). She is currently working on a social and cultural history of Aristotle’s Masterpiece, the bestselling book on sex and reproduction from 1684 into the 20th century.

This talk is part of the Generation to Reproduction Seminars series.

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