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Berit Astrom is an Associate Professor at the Department of Language Studies at Umea Univerisity, Sweden. Having published on male pregnancy fan fiction, as well as the concept of ‘referred pain’ in Shakespeare, she is currently working on representations of motherhood. Amongst her most recent publications are ‘The Symbolic Annihilation of Mothers in Popular Culture: Single Father and the Death of the Mother’, Feminist Media Studies 15.4 (2015): 593-607 and ‘“Sucking the Corrupte Mylke of an Infected Nurse”: Regulating the Maternal Body in Western Culture’, Journal of Gender Studies 24.5 (2015): 574-586.