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Name:  Beth Capo  

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Beth is an assistant professor of English at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.

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Textual Contraception: Birth Control and Modern American Fiction
ISBN: 0814210597

Ohio State University Press. 2007

Between the 1910s and 1940s, American women fought for and won the right to legal birth control. This battle was fought in the courts, in the media, and in the pages of American literature. Textual Contraception: Birth Control and Modern American Fiction examines the relationship between aesthetic production and political activism in the birth control movement. It concludes that, by dramatically bringing to life the rhetorical issues, fiction played a significant role in shaping public consciousness. Concurrently, the potential for female control inherent in contraception influenced literary technique and reception, supporting new narrative possibilities for female characters beyond marriage and motherhood.