Rape and Representation
Lynn A. Higgins, Brenda R. Silver, Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Nancy K. Miller
Columbia University Press, 1991 - 326 pagine
Rape does not have to happen. The fact that it does--and in the United States a rape is reported every six minutes--indicates that we live in a rape-prone culture where rape or the threat of rape functions as a tool for enforcing sexual difference and hierarchy.
Rape and Representation explores how cultural forms construct and reenforce social attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate sexual violence. The essays proceed from the observation that literature not only reflects but also contributes to what a society believes about itself.
Fourteen essays by authors in the fields of English, American and African-American, German, African, Brazilian, Classical, and French literatures and film present a wide range of texts from different historical periods and cultures. Contributors demythologize patriarchal representation in literature and art in order to show how it makes rape seem natural and inevitable.
Contributors include: the editors, John J. Winkler, Patricia Klindiest Joplin, Susan Winnett, Ellen Rooney, Coppélia Kahn, Eileen Julien, Marta Peixoto, Kathryn Gravdal, Carla Freccero, Nellie V. McKay, Nancy A. Jones, and Froma I. Zeitlin. Their work raises pressing--and often difficult--questions for feminist criticism.
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The Voice of the Shuttle Is Ours
The Marquises O and the Mad Dash of Narrative
Tess and the Subject
Periphrasis Power and Rape in A Passage to India
The Sexual Politics of Subjectivity
Rape Repression and Narrative Form in Le Devoir
Rape and Textual Violence in Clarice Lispector
Marguerite de Navarres
UNTHINKING THE METAPHOR
Keats in His Tradition
Rape and Its Alibis in Last Year
Notes on the Contributors
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