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Author: Eleni Coundouriotis

Title: "You Only Have Your Word"

Subtitle: Rape and Testimony

Journal: Human Rights Quarterly

Volume: 35

Issue: 2

Year: May 2013

Pages: 365-385

ISSN: 0275-0392 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1085-794X – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | African History: Rwandan History | Types Genocidal Rape / Rwandan Genocide; Victims: Narrative Studies



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Author: Eleni Coundouriotis, Department of English, University of ConnecticutResearchGate

Abstract: »The definition of rape in international law is in flux, as the controversy over the differences between a "mechanical" and a "conceptual" definition has shown. This article explores the intersection of three contradictory premises about the narrative testimony of rape that arises from the problem of defining the crime. It explores this intersection through the frames of legal theory, visual theory, and narrative texts, drawing its examples from the Rwandan genocide, where the correlation of narrative testimony to the production of images shaped a rich vein of philosophical inquiry into the nature of witnessing.« (Source: Human Rights Quarterly)


  I. Introduction (p. 365)
  II. Legal, Visual, and Narrative Frames (p. 369)
  III. Representing Sexual Violence and the Rwandan Genocide (p. 377)
  IV. Conclusion (p. 384)

Wikipedia: History of Africa: History of Rwanda | Genocide: Rwandan genocide / Rape during the Rwandan Genocide | Types of rape: Genocidal rape