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Knock Me Up, Knock Me DownImages of Pregnancy in Hollywood Films$
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Kelly Oliver

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161091

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161091.001.0001

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Twilight Family Values

(p.191) Conclusion
Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down

Kelly Oliver

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter concentrates on the final film in the Twilight Series, Twilight: Breaking Dawn (2011), a pregnancy film that draws together many of the themes presented throughout the book, such as choice, romance, teen pregnancy, excess, abject pregnant bodies, the fetus versus maternal body, the cult of maternity, and the fears of hybridity. It asks: since pregnancy is depicted as the transformation that unites unlikely couples in romcoms, what does it mean when pregnancy, birth, and the transformation from human to inhuman are all part of the same process? Ultimately, the pregnant body has become the bio-political example of struggles over principles of domesticity, patriarchal norms, and cultural authenticity as they are influenced by changing technologies that make it possible to imagine reproduction in laboratories.

Keywords:   Twilight, choice, teen pregnancy, abject pregnant bodies, maternity, hybridity, domesticity, patriarchal norms, cultural authenticity

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