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When do we talk about childlessness

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posted on 2021-01-01, 00:00 authored by Briohny Doyle
This NTRO is a researched personal essay exploring the childlessness in the context of Anthropocene

History

Source

Parenting in the Anthropocene

Pagination

54 - 61

Publisher

Freerange Press

Place of publication

Christchurch, New Zealand

ISBN-13

9780473559380

Language

eng

Research statement

Background With this research the author employs the personal essay technique that Lopate (1995) describes as ‘the movement from the individual to universal', in which ‘the concrete details of the personal earn the generalisation and the generalisation sends the author back for more particulars’, as a way to explore the critical possibilities for childlessness in the Anthropocene. Contribution This commissioned creative nonfiction piece is thoroughly researched, using primary and secondary sources, scholarly and personal accounts of childlessness. With this range of material the author draws the movement Lopate describes in order to understand ways in which the personal is situated in relation to the critical context of the Anthropocene. Significance Drawing on the formal approaches of creative nonfiction writers such as Rebecca Solnit and Laura Kipnis, the researcher explores ways in which creative nonfiction and personal essay might make productive interventions in public discourse. This volume is the second in New Zealand’s Freerange Press Radical Futures series, which seeks to address future challenges. The series bring together diverse researchers across disciplines in order to create a multi-author approach to exploring complex topics. The author was commissioned to write a chapter because of her previous published research on the topic.

Publication classification

JO3 Original Creative Works – Textual Work

Scale

NTRO Minor

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