Added: December 11, 2000 – Last updated: July 1, 2017


Author: Barbara J(oan) Baines

Title: Effacing Rape in Early Modern Representation

Subtitle: -

Journal: ELH: English Literary History

Volume: 65

Issue: 1

Year: Spring 1998

Pages: 69-98

ISSN: 0013-8304 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1080-6547 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 16th Century | European History: English History | Cases: Offenders / Sextus Tarquinius; Cases: Victims / Lucretia; Prosecution: Laws / 16th-Century Legislation; Representations: Art / 16th-Century Art; Representations: Literary Texts / William Shakespeare



JSTOR (Restricted Access)

Project MUSE (Restricted Access)


Author: Barbara J. Baines, Department of English, NC State University

Abstract: »Explores the history of the view of rape as shown in legal, literary, and artistic works of early modern England; examines texts and interpretations that contributed to this view; demonstrates that the role of the woman in rape and ravishment has been consistently effaced; and discusses the use and meaning of the terms "consent," "ravish," and "rape" in historical and modern contexts, as well as the ramifications of the interpretations of those terms.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


  I. Medieval Law and Legal Compendia (p. 70)
  II. Early Modern Law and Legal Compendia (p. 72)
  III. On Human Generation (p. 79)
  IV. Conceptions of Consent (p. 82)
  V. The Rape of Lucrece
  VI. The Final Solutions and the Return of the Effaced (p. 89)
  Notes (p. 91)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England / Elizabethan era | Literature: English literature / Elizabethan literature | 16th-century English writers: William Shakespeare / The Rape of Lucrece