Abortion and Mommy Memoirs: Vilar’s Impossible Motherhood:

Mary Thompson


This essay explores the genre of the mommy memoir for its abortion politics. Buildingon feminist critiques of the genre’s reliance on bio-essentialist ideas of motherhood, Iconsider both the potential and limitations within the genre for representing abortionexperiences. In this essay I analyze Irene Vilar’s Impossible Motherhood:Testimony of an Abortion Addict (2009) for its rhetorical appropriation of themommy memoir form in order to tell a story of reproductive excess.

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