Welcome to My Project: Science Fiction and Traumatic Pregnancy

I am Dr Anna McFarlane from the University of Glasgow and I’ve set up this blog to record my project as I go along. The title of the project is ‘Products of Conception: Science Fiction and Traumatic Pregnancy, 1968-2015’ and it’s funded by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship.  I’ll be using this blog to take notes as I go along; sometimes I’ll record findings from research trips, sometimes just musings on pregnancy-related media or themes. My hope is that this will be a great place for me to think through some of the issues my project raises while, at the same time, sharing some of my findings before my publications are ready to come out. I’ve already been working on the project for 10 months and in that time I’ve found that my interests are spreading from a strict focus on science fiction to an interest in how all sorts of discourses are used in discussions about traumatic pregnancy and reproductive loss. Science fiction, fantasy, horror and the gothic all turn up again and again in women’s discussions of their experiences in memoirs and online. At the same time I’ve found myself widening my original research project from ‘traumatic pregnancy’ (which I used to mean miscarriage, stillbirth, and traumatic abortion) to the wider concept of ‘reproductive loss’ which allows for all these situations plus infertility, or the loss of a ‘normal’ childbirth experience through the trauma of medical intervention. I’ll discuss all of this and more as this blog goes on. The next post will give an overview of some of the ways in which science fiction and traumatic pregnancy have overlapped in the past.

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