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Authors: Liam Murray Bell, Amanda Finelli, and Marion Wynne-Davies

Title: Sexual violence in literature

Subtitle: A cultural heritage?

In: Handbook on Sexual Violence

Edited by: Jennifer M. Brown and Sandra L. Walklate

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Routledge

Year: 2012

Pages: 52-68

ISBN-13: 9780415670715 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780415670722 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780203802434 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Representations: Literature / Angela Carter


Link: Google Books (Limited Preview)



Liam Murray Bell, Creative Writing, University of StirlingAuthor's Website

Marion Wynne-Davies, School of English and Languages, University of Surrey

Abstract: »Communicating is at heart of Liam Bell, Amanda Finelli and Marion Wynne-Davies's Chapter 2. Their starting point is the notion of the commonality of sexual violence, a point which resonates with Kelly's continuum of violence concept. Their point of departure is Brownmiller's notion of women 'fighting back' and their idea that rather than violence being an act of self-defence, women may actually initiate it, a point the Kelly continuum does not concede. Their gripping analysis deconstructs the victim-perpetrator relationship through the medium of the novel. Using Angela Carter's The Passion of New Eve they challenge the concept of the self-defending woman by examining the violating woman. They also discuss the idea of responsibility for violence and the excuse given by a male character in the novel, Zero, that the notion of repressed sexual dissatisfaction gives rise to sexual violation.« (Source: Jennifer Brown and Sandra Walklate. »Introduction.« Handbook on Sexual Violence. Edited by Jennifer M. Brown et al. New York 2012: 19)


  Meet Liam Murray Bell (p. 52)
  Meet Amanda Finelli (p. 52)
  Meet Marion Wynne-Davies (p. 52)
  Introduction (p. 53)
  Theoretical perspectives (p. 53)
  Literary history (p. 55)
  Textual analysis: Angela Carter, The Passion Of New Eve (1977) (p. 57)
  Textual creativitiy: Liam Murray Bell, rubber bullet, broken glas (2011) (p. 62)
  Conclusion (p. 66)
  Further reading (p. 67)
  References (p. 67)

Wikipedia: Angela Carter: The Passion of New Eve