Interrogating Reproductive Loss: Feminist Writings on Abortion, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth
Page Count: 250
Publication Date: June 2017
Feminist theories of the body, reproduction, and the institution of motherhood typically focus on issues of rights, autonomy, and choice. These themes become increasingly complicated when applied to questions of reproductive loss. Interrogating Reproductive Loss: Feminist Writings on Abortion, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth contains essays, short stories, and artwork that imagine a feminist epistemology of loss.
Whereas biomedical and feminist literature treat abortion, miscarriage, and stillbirth as differently conceptualized events, this collection explores the connections between these three categories. How have feminist debates and strategies around reproductive choice invigorated the cultural conversation about miscarriage, and stillbirth? How can we imagine more nuanced engagements with the spectrum of experiences that are at stake when a pregnancy ends? And how can we effectively create a space where women are given the opportunities to “identify and ‘own’” (Cosgrove 2004) the ways that loss makes meaning for those who grieve and/or celebrate the end of pregnancy?
Emily R.M. Lind is a doctoral candidate at Carleton University’s Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture. Her research examines the intersections between identity, materiality, power, and knowledge production in interdisciplinary contexts. She is currently writing her dissertation on settler colonialism, Canadian art, and early twentieth-century Toronto.
Angie Deveau is a graduate of York University’s Women’s Studies M.A. Program and has been working for the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement for nearly five years. Previously, she provided research assistance for York University’s Gender & Work Database, York University’s ‘Women’s Human Rights, Macroeconomics and Policy Choices’ project and the ‘Adolescent Health and Wellbeing Study’ at UNB. In addition to her background in research, Angie has worked as a Case Management Assistant for the Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Community Services (Social Assistance Division), and as the Community Development Coordinator for the Victorian Order of Nurses/Help the Aged project in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is currently in the planning stages of co-editing a collection on Mothering and Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness.