University of Notre Dame (1984); M.A., University of Notre Dame (1992); Ph.D.,
University of Notre Dame (1997).
Expertise: 18th- and 19th-century British
Literature, Irish Studies, Women's Studies.
Selected Works: Romanticism, Maternity,
and the Body Politic (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
Distinctions: Towsley Research Scholar (Hope, 2001-2004);
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2001); Shaheen Graduate
Student Award in the Humanities (1997-98); Award for Excellence in Teaching
(Notre Dame, 1997).
Contact: Lubbers Hall 317
Romanticism, Maternity, and the Body Politic (2003).
This book examines Romantic writers' treatments of motherhood and maternal
bodies through the lens of the legal, medical, educational, and socioeconomic
debates about motherhood so prevalent during the Romantic period. These
discussions rendered the physical processes associated with mothering matters
of national importance. Kipp's primary concern is to trace ways that writers
deployed representations of mother-child bonds variously as a means to
naturalize, endorse, and critique Enlightenment constructions of interpersonal
and intercultural relations.