Prodigious Births: U.S. Population and the Medical Discourses of Black Birth

Laura Soderberg

Washington College

Laura Soderberg is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Washington College. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work centers on the intersections of childhood studies, disability, and critical race theory, and she is currently at work on a project about the role that narratives of childhood deviance played in defining the national population and in separating children of color, poor children, and disabled children into distinct and separate reproductive patterns. She has published her work in American Literature, and her writing can also be found in Social Text.


Prodigy has historically been a double-edged term that joins the marvelous and the monstrous together to name a category of the unpredictable and unprecedented. Redeployed during the Atlantic slave trade to classify young... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Laura Soderberg (Washington College)

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Childhood Teleologies: Climates of Growth


S7b » Seminar 7.b: Childhood Teleologies: Climates of Growth II (10:15 - Saturday, 24th March, Boardroom East)

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