Conceived in Modernism: The Aesthetics and Politics of Birth Control, by Aimee Wilson (English Department), examines the roots of birth control politics in literature from the early 20th century.
Current debates about birth control can be surprisingly volatile, especially given the near-universal use of contraception among American and British women. Conceived in Modernism offers a new perspective on these debates by demonstrating that the political positions surrounding birth control have roots in literary concerns, specifically those of modernist writers. Whereas most scholarship treats modernism and birth control activism as parallel, but ultimately separate, movements, Conceived in Modernism shows that they were deeply intertwined.
Jana Funke, Advanced Research fellow in Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter, said of the book: "Conceived in Modernism intervenes forcefully in debates about modernist sexualities and the history of birth control and reproduction. Aimee Armande Wilson's politically informed and theoretically sophisticated readings of a range of canonical and lesser-known literary authors and birth control activists are illuminating and inspiring."
See more in the online review of Conceived in Modernism.
Wilson is an assistant professor of English. Her work has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, symploke, and Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture.
Department of English