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Pregnancy, Childbirth and Nursing in Feminist Dystopia: Marianne de Pierres’s Transformation Space (2010)

Department of English and German Philology, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Zaragoza, Pedro Cerbuna, 12, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
Humanities 2020, 9(3), 58; https://doi.org/10.3390/h9030058
Received: 15 May 2020 / Revised: 23 June 2020 / Accepted: 2 July 2020 / Published: 7 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dystopian Scenarios in Contemporary Australian Narrative)
Marianne de Pierres’s Transformation Space (2010) is a rare example of an Australian novel set in an apocalyptic and dystopic interstellar future where pregnancy, childbearing and nursing have a presence that is quite uncommon in Science Fiction (SF). Despite the fact that the genre of SF and that of space opera in particular have been traditionally quite male-oriented, in the last years feminist theories of several kinds have been an undeniable transformative influence. This article intends to analyse not only how these specifically female issues related to motherhood/mothering are presented in the novel, but also to explore their function and role. A close reading of these topics will show whether they endorse a solid feminist stance or are just colourful feminist details in a male-dominated space opera and, in turn, if they have a specifically narrative purpose in the context of the dystopic subgenre. View Full-Text
Keywords: childbirth; contemporary Australian literature; dystopic novel; feminism; feminist SF; nursing; pregnancy; Science Fiction; space opera childbirth; contemporary Australian literature; dystopic novel; feminism; feminist SF; nursing; pregnancy; Science Fiction; space opera
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Aliaga-Lavrijsen, J. Pregnancy, Childbirth and Nursing in Feminist Dystopia: Marianne de Pierres’s Transformation Space (2010). Humanities 2020, 9, 58. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9030058

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Aliaga-Lavrijsen J. Pregnancy, Childbirth and Nursing in Feminist Dystopia: Marianne de Pierres’s Transformation Space (2010). Humanities. 2020; 9(3):58. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9030058

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Aliaga-Lavrijsen, Jessica. 2020. "Pregnancy, Childbirth and Nursing in Feminist Dystopia: Marianne de Pierres’s Transformation Space (2010)" Humanities 9, no. 3: 58. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9030058

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