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Sara DiCaglio's Intro

My name is Sara DiCaglio (@sdicag) and I'm about to enter my final year of the dual PhD program in English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University. My work focuses on literature and rhetoric surrounding women's health, specifically reproduction. I'm interested in the ways that embodied experience relates to and reflects/is reflected in cultural, literary, and scientific production. I also do work on women's health forums and their relationship to the women's health movement. I'm particularly interested in moving between the cellular, tissue, organism, and ecological levels; my work here is informed by feminist science studies and feminist new materialism.

The piece I'm workshopping in FSDW is the opening chapter of my dissertation, Diagnosing Growth. In it, I examine the relationship between embryology, particularly the history of embryo staging, and time; I argue that concepts of development have largely neglected the importance of temporality, and that the result of this is a collapse of embryos into fetuses into babies, a collapse that assumes that all pregnancies proceed at the same rate and in the same way. I'm looking forward to getting your feedback and reading your pieces!

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