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Author: Anne Greenfield

Title: The Titillation of Dramatic Rape, 1660–1720

Subtitle: -

In: Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800

Edited by: Anne Greenfield

Place: London

Publisher: Pickering & Chatto

Year: 2013

Pages: 57-68 and 185-188

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 | Representations: Literature



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

Abstract: »My essay takes a cultural studies approach to the question of whether and to what degree rape scenes titillated viewers at this time, examing an array of Restoration and early eighteenth-century documents, including plays, pornography and erotica, rape trial transcripts (especially ones that were advertised and sold as erotica), popular journals from the period and engravings designed to accompany plays. I conclude that rape scenes were almost certainly titillating for many audience members. Yet, because tragic rape scenes did not depict culpably sexual women, they were customarily classified as part of high-tragedy rather than as base or offensive displays worthy of censorship.« (Source: Anne Greenfield. »Introduction.« Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800. Edited by Anne Greenfield. London 2013: 9)


  Representations of Sexual Violence in Erotica (p. 58)
  Sexual Violence as a 'Natural' Impulse (p. 62)
  Evading Censorship (p. 66)

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