Miss Monica Cardenas

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My research is focused on literature's role in the evolution of women's fertility rights in the United States from 1960. Three landmark Supreme Court decisions have played a significant role in women’s right to control fertility. The subsequent representation of mothers in three novels over the same period of time - The Bell Jar, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Patron Saint of Liars - examine the repercussions of these rulings. My research identifies specific techniques employed by these writers that allowed them to contribute to a body of literature that has changed the narrative around women’s fertility rights.

My creative work utilizes these techniques with the aim to demonstrate the danger of a society that seizes control over women’s fertility. 

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