Added: April 30, 2005 – Last updated: August 1, 2015
Author: Pamela E. Barnett
Title: Dangerous Desire
Subtitle: Literature of Sexual Freedom and Sexual Violence since the Sixties
Place: London and New York
Pages: xxxvi + 182pp.
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Description: »Dangerous Desire is an important work that calls attention to how post-1960s literary representations of rape have shaped the ways in which both sexual and social freedoms are imagined in American culture. Exploring key post-sixties texts including Cleaver's Soul on Ice, Brownmiller's Against Our Will, French's The Women's Room, Naylor's The Women of Brewster Place, Walker's Meridian, and Dickey's Deliverance, Barnett finds that the widespread literary explorations of rape were almost always conjoined with one or more of the radical social movements of the sixties: civil rights, black nationalism, women's liberation and black feminism. Sexual violence emerges in these texts when the transformative possibilities articulated by sixties-era liberation movements trigger and intensify imbalances of power and cultural difference-for example, Eldridge Cleaver's claim that he lashed out against the white power structure by raping white women.
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