Berättelser om brist : bloggar om ofrivillig barnlöshet

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This article studies diary weblogs about involuntary childlessness,
focusing on Swedish contemporary weblogs written by
heterosexual women. The article suggests that the inability to
procreate can be seen as an interruption in the western expectation
of a predictable life course, and explores how the weblog
authors deal with this interruption. The diary weblog is discussed
as a genre and as a form of life writing and pathography,
and different types of writing within the weblogs are discerned.
The article discusses the blogging diarists’ construction of a
new progression in the interruption, through their attempts to
become pregnant, and how they deal with contemporary Nordic
norms equating childbearing with things like happiness and
life meaning, by striving to live up to the norms and at the
same time questioning them.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • General Literature Studies


  • Life writing, weblogs, diary, pathography, involuntary childlessness, infertility, IVF, family, norms, contemporary Sweden
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)39-58
JournalLIR journal
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch