Forty years after Roe v. Wade, it is evident that the ideologies of "choices" and "rights," which have publicly framed reproductive politics in North America since the landmark legal decision, have been inadequate in making sense of the topic's complexities. In Reproductive Acts, Heather Latimer investigates what contemporary fiction and film can tell us about the divisive nature of these politics, and demonstrates how fictional representations of reproduction allow for readings of reproductive politics that are critical of the terms of the debate itself. In an innovative argument about the power of fiction to engage and shape politics, Latimer analyzes works by authors such as Margaret Atwood, Kathy Acker, Toni Morrison, Larissa Lai, and director Alfonso Cuarón, among others, to claim that the unease surrounding reproduction, particularly the abortion debate, has increased both inside and outside the US over the last forty years. Fictional representation, Latimer argues, reveals reproductive politics to be deeply connected to cultural anxieties about gender, race, citizenship, and sexuality - anxieties that cannot be contained under the rules of individual rights or choices. Striking a balance between fictional, historical, and political analysis, Reproductive Acts makes a compelling argument for the vital role narrative plays in how we make sense of North American reproductive politics.
|Publisher:||McGill-Queens University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Heather Latimer is a lecturer in the Coordinated Arts Program at the University of British Columbia.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Reproductive Déjà Vu 3
1 Privacy, Patriarchy, and Abortion: Reproductive Politics in The Handmaid's Tale, Blood and Guts in High School, and Don Quixote 32
2 From Politics to Ethics: Maternal Abjection, Subjectivity, and Community in Instruments of Darkness and Paradise 67
3 Fetal Cyborgs and Monstrous Clones: New Reproductive Technologies in Patchwork Girl and Salt Fish Girl 104
4 The Limits of Citizenship: The Fetus and the Refugee in Children of Men 134
Conclusion: Bioreproductive Futures 160
Works Cited 177