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Author: Katie Barclay

Title: From Rape to Marriage

Subtitle: Questions of Consent in the Eighteenth-Century Britain

In: Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800

Edited by: Anne Greenfield

Place: London

Publisher: Pickering & Chatto

Year: 2013

Pages: 35-44 and 180-183

Series: The Body, Gender and Culture 14

ISBN-13: 9781848934399 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 18th Century | English History


Link: EBSCOhost (Restricted Access)

Link: University Publishing Online (Restricted Access)


Author: Katie Barclay, Department of History, University of Adelaide

Abstract: »Katie Barclay examines the roles of female consent and male force in courtship rituals. While eighteenth-century women had few opportunities to consent actively to sex, resistance was thought compulsory and the female will was to be believed to be something to be overcome by men – both in sex and marriage. The result, as Barclay shows, was a widespread toleration and expectation of physical force in courtship practices, and the normalization of sexual violence in heterosexual relations.« (Source: Anne Greenfield. »Introduction.« Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800. Edited by Anne Greenfield. London 2013: 8)


  Rape of Seduction (p. 36)
  Courtship Practices and Rape (p. 39)
  Conclusion (p. 44)