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Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Films

Kelly Oliver


No longer is pregnancy a repulsive or shameful condition in Hollywood films, but an attractive attribute, often enhancing the romantic or comedic storyline of a female character. This book investigates this curious shift and its reflection of changing attitudes toward women's roles in reproduction and the family. Not all representations signify progress. The text finds that in many pregnancy films, our anxieties over modern reproductive practices and technologies are made manifest, and in some cases perpetuate conventions curtailing women's freedom. Reading such films as Where the Heart Is (20 ... More

Keywords: pregnancy, Hollywood films, female character, family, reproduction, reproductive practices, women's freedom, romance, choice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231161091
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161091.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly Oliver, author
Vanderbilt University