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Communicating Pregnancy Loss

Narrative as a Method for Change


Rachel Silverman and Jay Baglia

This book is the Winner of the OSCLG Outstanding Book Award

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.


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Editor Biographies: Jay Baglia (Ph.D., University of South Florida) is Assistant Professor in the College of Communication at DePaul University. Dr. Baglia’s research explores the intersection of health, gender, and performance studies. He has published in Health Communication, Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism, Family Medicine, and Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies. His 2005 book, The Viagra Ad Venture: Masculinity, Media, and the Performance of Sexual Health, received the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender’s 2006 Book of the Year as well as the National Communication Association’s Health Communication Division 2012 Distinguished Book Award. Dr. Baglia is co-editor of this collection. Rachel E. Silverman (Ph.D., University of South Florida) is Assistant Professor of Communication in the Department of Humanities and Social Science at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Dr. Silverman’s research focuses on the intersection of Jewish and LGBT identities in popular culture, women’s health, and food studies. She has published in Sexuality & Culture, Health Communication, and The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Dr. Silverman is co-editor of this collection. Contributor Biographies: Michael Irvin Arrington (Ph.D., University of South Florida) is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication at Indiana State University, where he also serves as an affil- iate faculty member in ISU’s Center for Genomic Advocacy. Dr. Arrington’s research interests include health communication, narrative inquiry, interper- sonal and family communication, and communicating social support. His most recent work includes articles in Health Communication; Illness, Crisis, and Loss; the International Journal of Men’s Health;...

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