Added: October 11, 2014 – Last updated: June 27, 2015


Author: Ann Marie Byrd

Title: Violently Erotic

Subtitle: Representing Rape in Restoration Drama

In: Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800

Edited by: Anne Greenfield

Place: London

Publisher: Pickering & Chatto

Year: 2013

Pages: 69-82 and 188-189

Series: The Body, Gender and Culture 14

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

Language: English

Keywords: 17th Century | English History | Representations: Literature


Link: EBSCOhost (Restricted Access)

Link: University Publishing Online (Restricted Access)


Abstract: »Byrd discusses the wide-ranging appeal of dramatized rape scenes as they were manifested in a variety of genres, both comical and serious. Byrd illustrates the extent to which sexual violence could be staged in a comedy of manners as 'a hilarious mockery of sexuality and female resistance', in a tragicomedy of intrigue as a sexual assault that is fully pardoned when the victim marries her rapist, and in a she-tragedy as a devastating act of sexual pollution that brings dishonour on an entire family. What ties these productions together in each of these genres, as Byrd demonstrates, is an abiding focus on the body of the actress.« (Source: Anne Greenfield. »Introduction.« Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800. Edited by Anne Greenfield. London 2013: 9)


  Comedy of Manners (p. 70)
  Tragicomedy of Intrigue (p. 72)
  Restoration Tragedy (p. 75)

Wikipedia: Restoration literature