a.1.Pertaining to parturition; obstetric.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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I fell into a socio-cultural and psychological abyss, frozen at birth at the bottom of a parturitive void--in the sterile petri dish of the dominant discourse--from where I was unable to form a sense of being.
On one important level, Hemingway and Faulkner focus on their male characters' haunted responses to reproduction as a way of expressing themes they take to be universal, humanist, and tragic: seeking immunity from an inevitable bodily fate, human beings deny their origins and ends--Bataille's parturitive blood and rotting corpse--at great cost to themselves and to others.
Thus in staging William Wallace's wound as an imitation of his mother's/wife's menstrual or parturitive bleeding, Welty also allows her protagonist some measure of release from the destructive, immobilizing paranoia that constitutes the "fatality" of male oedipal identity.