An analysis of the postmodern short story “Born Again” by Anne Billson shows that it has a fairly traditional structure, with events taking place in chronological order. The text is a postmodern story and deals with the strange circumstances that the main character suddenly finds herself in. 

The main character of the story is Nancy Loughlin, a young carreer woman who finds herself in an impossible situation: she is pregnant, although she calls herself a born-again virgin, and she has not had sex in years. 

The events take place in London. The story focuses on the city atmosphere, as well as on various places, such as the underground station or the clinic. The social setting focuses on topics such as born- again virgins and abortion, but also on issues around gender and careers. 

The story is told by a first-person narrator, who is also the main character. As the events told are pretty surreal, we cannot know for sure that she is a reliable narrator. 

The language used in the short story is marked by humor and irony.The narration is straightforward and descriptive, with plenty of humoristic elements and symbols. 

A full analysis of the short story can be found in the following pages. 

Short story analysis

I denne vejledning får du Studienets hjælp til at analysere noveller (short stories) i engelsk.