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Let’s Get a Novelist to Write a Birth Scene Transmitted via Skype

By posted at 11:00 am on August 12, 2012 1

This week, Allison K. Gibson looked into the “awkward but necessary role of technology in fiction,” and what it means to include it or overlook it in a given work of fiction. Similarly, what’s with the absence of birth scenes in literature?





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One Response to “Let’s Get a Novelist to Write a Birth Scene Transmitted via Skype”

  1. Evelyn Walsh
    at 6:19 pm on August 12, 2012

    I believe that much of female experience is still uncharted territory, especially concerning the body. One birth scene that comes to mind is from Sylvia Plath’s journals– very immediate and moving. I remember a teacher my sophomore year (24 years ago!!) talking about THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK and a graphic description of menstruation and tampons..the professor discussed .how initially she recoiled from the scene and on reflection, embraced it. Somebody mentioned THE WATERFALL in the Guardian comments…I don’t remember the birth scene so much but the aftermath was a really evocative description of early days with a newborn.

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