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Author: Anne Greenfield

Title: The Question of Marital Rape in Nicholas Rowe's Tamerlane

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Journal: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research

Volume: 26

Issue: 1-2

Year: Summer-Winter 2011

Pages: 57-72

ISSN: 0034-5822 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 18th Century | European History: English History | Representations: Literature / Nicholas Rowe; Types: Marital Rape


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Author: Anne Greenfield, Department of English, Valdosta State UniversityAuthor's Personal Website

Abstract: »This article examines the sexual assault of Arpasia by her husband, Bajazet, in Nicholas Rowe's 1701 tragedy, Tamerlane. At a time when it was legally untenable for a woman to accuse her husband of raping her, this tragedy stands out for illustrating the devastating consequences of sexual violence within marriage. As this article demonstrates, not only does Rowe treat Arpasias sexual violation as a grave and devastating offense, but he also uses this violation to level important political arguments in favor of fraternal, republican rule. Thus, intentionally or not, Rowe treats sexual violence within marriage seriously (to an unprecedented degree), subtly reminding viewers that a wife did and should have sexual autonomy, even when that autonomy conflicted with her husband's desires.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)

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