The Unwanted Pregnancy: Descriptions of the Complexities of Abortion by Canadian Writers

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"Writers may or may not pay attention to the politics of abortion in their times. Nevertheless, a number of Canadian writers have demonstrated a willingness to mine the rich and dramatic cultural associations attached to this controversial procedure for use in their fictional stories. ...An understanding of a given abortion in fiction depends on the writer's construction of value in the story, artistic treatment of this cultural sign and the values a reader brings to the story. While culture is a set of beliefs and practices that circulate among many people, fiction can be a tool by which culture is reworked and reflected by an individual writer for readers to understand life around them potentially in a new way." -from the Author's "Introduction"

Table of Contents

Author's Preface
Chapter 1: "My Life is Going to be Ruined": Abortion and Class in Hugh Garner's Cabbagetown

Chapter 2: "But What About My Brother?": Abortion and Ethnicity in Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Chapter 3: Horsehair and Doilies: Aboration in Marian Engel's No Clouds of Glory

Chapter 4: "Not Even a Hospital": Abortion and Identity Tension in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing

Chapter 5: Race, Gender, and Abortion in Margaret Laurence's The Diviners

Chapter 6: National Boundaries and Abortion in Richard Wright's Clara Callan

Chapter 7: Race and Abortion in Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes


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