Billingham 2010 Violence

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Author: Susan Billingham

Title: Il/legitimacy

Subtitle: Sexual Violence, Mental Health and Resisting Abjection in Camilla Gibb's Mouthing the Words and Elizabeth Ruth's Ten Good Seconds of Silence

In: Feminism, Literature and Rape Narratives: Violence and Violation

Edited by: Sorcha Gunne and Zoë Brigley Thompson

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Routledge

Year: 2010

Pages: 96-113

Series: Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures 27

ISBN-10: 0415806089 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9780415806084 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780415896689 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Canadian History | Representations: Literature / Camilla Gibb, Elizabeth Ruth



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Author: Susan Billingham, Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham

Abstract: »Similarly, Susan Billingham describes the construction of a subversive symbolic world in the work of Canadian novelists writing about sexual violence and mental illness. Titles 'Il/legitimacy: Sexual Violence, Mental Health and Resisting Abjection in Camilla Gibb's Mouthing the Words and Elizabeth Ruth's Ten Good Seconds of Silence', Billingham's chapter draws on queer theory to critique patriarchal psychoanalytic readings of sexual violence and categorizations of mental illness. The characters who survice rape in these novels create a symbology beyond reductive versions of the 'abject' that re-empowers their identities.« (Zoë Brigley Thompson and Sorcha Gunne. »Introduction: Feminism without Borders: The Potentials and Pitfalls of Retheorizing Rape.« Feminism, Literature and Rape Narratives: Violence and Violation. Edited by Sorcha Gunne et al. New York 2010: 13)

Wikipedia: Camilla Gibb, Elizabeth Ruth


Added: December 13, 2014 – Last updated: December 13, 2014