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Author: Ann J. Cahill

Title: Boys Don't Get Raped

Subtitle: -

In: Rape in Art Cinema

Edited by: Dominique Russell

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Continuum

Year: 2010

Pages: 113-128

Series: Continuum Film Studies

ISBN-10: 082642967X (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9780826429674 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781441109774 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781441116147 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Cases: Victims / Brandon Teena; Representations: Films / Boys Don't Cry


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Author: Ann Cahill, Department of Philosophy, Elon University

Abstract: »Philopher Ann J. Cahill considers Kimberley Pierce's Boys Don't Cry (US, 1999), paying careful attention to the rape scene and its consequences for the main character's gender. Cahill argues that the critics' assumption that the rape feminizes Brandon Teena is not in fact born out by a careful consideration ot the film, and rests on "a misreading of the meanings and effects of the rape." She then considers how the film serves to problematize some fundamental issues in the more general scholarship on rape as a social and political phenomenon. Summarizing her theory of rape as "an embodied experience that figures prominently in the gendering of persons" (presented in her Re-Reading Rape), she shows how this more supple perspective can illuminate the meanings of the rape of Brandon Teena in a way that previously feminist theories of rape cannot.« (Dominique Russell. »Introdution: Why Rape?« Rape in Art Cinema. Edited by Dominique Russell. New York: 2010: 10)

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