Eva and her Baby (A Story of Adolescent Sex, Pregnancy, Longing, Love, Loneliness and Death)

21 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2009 Last revised: 25 Mar 2009

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Michelle Oberman

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Date Written: March 20, 2009


This article is written in the form of a creative non-fiction essay in which I tell the story of Eva, a girl who was convicted of manslaughter in connection with the death of her newborn child. I undertook this mode of story-telling after years of writing in more conventional modes about maternal filicide in general, and neonaticide in particular. (Most recently, I co-authored a book entitled When Mothers Kill: Interviews from Prison (NYU Press, 2008)). The conventions governing standard law review writing and the relatively distant observer's voice I adopted in my earlier writings left me feeling as though I had failed to communicate an important part of the factors underlying neonaticide. This essay, in which I fuse Eva's story with my own, undertakes to tell a fuller truth about the complex factors that underlie this crime. The essay is part of a series of creative endeavors (essays and articles) in which I adopt an ethnographic or quasi-ethnographic approach to considering the nexus of criminal law and women's lives.

Suggested Citation

Oberman, Michelle, Eva and her Baby (A Story of Adolescent Sex, Pregnancy, Longing, Love, Loneliness and Death) (March 20, 2009). Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, Forthcoming; Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1366031

Michelle Oberman (Contact Author)

Santa Clara University - School of Law ( email )

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Santa Clara, CA 95053
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