(4/18/04 8:53 pm)
I am writing an essay on the following fairy tales: Grimm's Rapunzel and Basile's Petrosinella. I was wondering if anyone had any information on the motif of pregnant women with cravings. Also, if anyone knows of any secondary sources about those tales, I would really appreciate your help. Online sources are welcome, too. Thanks!
(4/19/04 1:52 am)
It was accepted wisdom in the Renaissance (in England at least)
that it was the husband's duty to care for his pregnant wife, including
fulfilling any cravings she might have, which were to be taken seriously.
For historical context, you might want to have a look at the various
midwives's manuals from the seventeenth century, or the essays in
a fabulous book called Motherhood in Pre-Industrial England,
especially an essay called "Embarking on a Rough Passage"
about pregnancy. Of course, that's England and not Italy. I can't
remember who edited that book--possibly the brilliant Valerie Fildes,
who's done terrific work on the history of pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Edited by: Veronica Schanoes at: 4/20/04 1:47 am
(4/19/04 7:50 pm)
the title is Women as Mothers in Pre-Industrial England - and yes the editor is Valerie Fildes.