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Title:Marginal midwifery: Hannah Dennison and the textualising of the feminine settler body in the Eastern Cape, 1834-1848
Author:Woodward, WendyISNI
Year:1995
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa
Volume:7
Issue:1
Pages:18-33
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:colonists
Europeans
midwives
letters
Abstract:Born in Ireland in 1791, Hannah Dennison came to the Cape Colony (South Africa) in 1820. She practised as a midwife in Graaff-Reinet from 1834 to 1838, and moved to Colesberg in 1838, where she was the only midwife and where her services as a medical expert were apparently regarded as interchangeable with those of a doctor. She probably died in 1848. Between 1834 and 1847 she wrote ninety letters in which she raised a number of issues which are considered in this paper. These concern the way in which Dennison textualised the female body, how she represented her profession in relation to current medical practices, and how she related to the female indigene. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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