About the project

The project began in October 2017 and looks specifically at women’s experiences of traumatic pregnancy in the UK and Ireland since 1968, the year that the Abortion Act 1967 came into force for women in the UK (except Northern Ireland) and that Stanley Kubrick used the famous image of the starchild in 2001: A Space Odyssey to show the evolution of humankind. I come from a literary background, and this project explores a number of texts in order to consider the ways in which women describe their experiences of traumatic pregnancy and how science fiction (and other non-mimetic discourses like fantasy and horror) offer people as they attempt to articulate a taboo and traumatic topic. I look at science fiction writing, women’s memoirs about pregnancy and childbirth, and medical advice literature with the ultimate goal of learning about how people express trauma and how we can use this knowledge to help women tell their stories.