Torture Born: Representing Pregnancy and Abortion in Contemporary Survival-Horror

Jones, Steve (2015) Torture Born: Representing Pregnancy and Abortion in Contemporary Survival-Horror. Sexuality & Culture, 19 (3). pp. 426-443. ISSN 1095-5143

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12119-014-9260-3

Abstract

In proportion to the increased emphasis placed on abortion in partisan political debate since the early 2000s, there has been a noticeable upsurge in cultural representations of abortion. This article charts ways in which that increase manifests in contemporary survival-horror. This article contends that numerous contemporary survival-horror films foreground pregnancy. These representations of pregnancy reify the pressures that moralistic, partisan political campaigning places on individuals who consider terminating a pregnancy. These films contribute to public discourse by engaging with abortion as an individual, emotional matter, rather than treating abortion as a matter of political principle or a political “means to an end.” This article not only charts a relationship between popular culture and its surrounding political context, but also posits that survival-horror — a genre that has been disparaged by critics and largely ignored by scholars — makes an important contribution to sexual-political discourse. These films use horror to articulate the things we cannot say about abortion.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 16-11-2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: abortion, pregnancy, horror, film, popular culture, politics
Subjects: L200 Politics
P300 Media studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Steve Jones
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 09:11
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:17
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18231

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