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Author: Melanie Cooper-Dobbin

Title: The Horror of the Horns

Subtitle: Pan’s Attempted Rape of Syrinx in Early Eighteenth-Century Visual Art

In: Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800

Edited by: Anne Greenfield

Place: London

Publisher: Pickering & Chatto

Year: 2013

Pages: 163-174 and 210-213

Series: The Body, Gender and Culture 14

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

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 17th Century, 18th Century | European History: English History | Offenders: Non-Human Offenders / Gods; Representations: Art / 17th-Century Art, 18th-Century Art; Types: Attempted Rape Victims: Non-Human Victims / Gods


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Abstract: »Lastly, in the final chapter of the collection, Melanie Cooper-Dobbin analyses yet another highly-popular medium for depicting sexual assault and rape: the visual arts. Cooper-Dobbin traces several images of Pan and Syrinx over the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, showing a shift from earlier images that highlighted the male rapist as a dangerous sexual aggressor to later images that focus (humorously) on the female victim as a dangerous symbol of promiscuity. Cooper-Dobbin discusses the erasure of the disturbing side of sexual violence in these visual renderings, an effacement that aligned with the social mores and expectations of polite society during the early Enlightenment period.« (Source: Anne Greenfield. »Introduction.« Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800. Edited by Anne Greenfield. London 2013: 11)


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Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England / Stuart period, Georgian era | History of Painting | Mythology: Greek mythology / Pan (god), Syrinx