Narrative as a Method for Change
The loss of a desired pregnancy or the inability to experience pregnancy are intensely personal phenomena; these losses are also, in our culture at least, extremely private. Communicating Pregnancy Loss is a collection of first-person narratives about the experience of pregnancy loss. Although there is no shortage of books that help prospective parents cope with an unintended pregnancy loss or ‘survive’ infertility, most of these books are authored by physicians or therapists and address pregnancy loss through the language of guidance. This book is different. It is the first of its kind because the contributors (primarily communication scholars but also healthcare personnel and other scholars from the social sciences) tell their story of loss in their own words, offering a diverse collection of narratives that span experience and identity. The authors employ various feminist theories, narrative theories, and performance theories as well as other well-known communication theories and concepts. The book’s narrative approach to writing about and thereby understanding pregnancy loss offers readers a method for changing the way pregnancy loss is understood personally, culturally, and politically.
Together, we would like to thank all of the authors who have contributed to this collection. Without your voices, your time and your commitment, this book would have never been possible. We value your engagement with this project and to creating change in the way our world communicates pregnancy loss. In addition, we would like to specifically thank these authors: Michael Arrington, Maria Brann, Jennifer Bute, Jennifer Fairchild, Renata Ferdinand, Jennifer M. Hawkins, Rebecca Kennerly, Michaela Meyer, Julie Novak, Deleasa Randall- Griffiths, Elizabeth Root, Ben Walker, Julie Walker, and Lisa Weckerle, each of whom participated in a peer- strengthening process for each chapter. We would also like to thank the membership of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG) who were instrumental in the growth of this project. We would especially like to thank Elaine Gale, Deborah Ballard-Reisch, Laura Ellingson, Jessica Elton, Robyn Remke, and Maggie Quinlan for their feedback and support of this project. And finally, we would like to thank the people at Peter Lang who made the book a reality. Thank you to our editor, Mary Savigar, who saw promise in our idea as we wandered through the National Communication Association’s book showcase pitching the idea of pregnancy loss to a number of presses. We would not have this book without your vision and belief in our project. Thank you to the production team, including Bernadette Shade and Phyllis Korper. And thank you to Gary Kreps, the series editor, for recognizing the importance...
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