Higgins 1991 Rape

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Editors: Lynn A. Higgins and Brenda R. Silver

Title: Rape and Representation

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Place: New York, NY and Oxford

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Year: 1991

Pages: viii + 326pp.

Series: Gender and Culture

ISBN-10: 023107266X – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: General History | Representations: Literature

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Lynn A. Higgins, Comparative Literature Program, Dartmouth College

Brenda R. Silver, Department of English, Dartmouth College


  Acknowledgments (p. vii)
  Introduction: Rereading Rape (p. 1)
Lynn A. Higgins and Brenda R. Silver
1. Prior Violence
  1. The Education of Chloe: Erotic Protocols and Prior Violence (p. 15)
John J. Winkler
  2. The Voice of the Shuttle Is Ours (p. 35)
Patricia Klindienst Joplin
2. The Rhetoric of Elision
  3. The Marquise's "O" and the Mad Dash of Narrative (p. 67)
Susan Winnett
  4. "A Little More than Persuading": Tess and the Subject of Sexual Violence (p. 87)
Ellen Rooney
  5. Periphrasis, Power, and Rape in A Passage to India (p. 115)
Brenda R. Silver
3. Writing the Victim
  6. Lucrece: The Sexual Politics of Subjectivity (p. 141)
Coppélia Kahn
  7. Rape, Repression, and Narrative Form in Le Devoir de violence and La Vie et demie (p. 160)
Eileen Julien
  8. Rape and Textual Violence in Clarice Lispector (p. 182)
Marta Peixoto
4. Framing Institutions
  9. The Poetics of Rape Law in Medieval France (p. 207)
Kathryn Gravdal
  10. Rape's Disfiguring Figures: Marguerite de Navarre' Heptameron, Day 1:10 (p. 227)
Carla Freccero
  11. Alice Walker's "Advancing Luna–and Ida B. Wells": A Struggle Toward Sisterhood (p. 248)
Nellie V. McKay
5. Unthinking the Metaphor
  12. The Rape of the Rural Muse: Wordsworth's "The Solitary Reaper" as a Version of Pastourelle (p. 263)
Nancy A. Jones
  13. On Ravishing Urns: Keats in His Tradition (p. 278)
Froma I. Zeitlin
  14. Screen/Memory: Rape and Its Alibis in Last Year at Marienbad (p. 303)
Lynn A. Higgins
  Notes on the Contributors (p. 323)


Rape does not have to happen. The fact that it does--and in the United States a rape is reported every six minutes--indicates that we live in a rape-prone culture where rape or the threat of rape functions as a tool for enforcing sexual difference and hierarchy.
Rape and Representation explores how cultural forms construct and reenforce social attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate sexual violence. The essays proceed from the observation that literature not only reflects but also contributes to what a society believes about itself.
Fourteen essays by authors in the fields of English, American and African-American, German, African, Brazilian, Classical, and French literatures and film present a wide range of texts from different historical periods and cultures. Contributors demythologize patriarchal representation in literature and art in order to show how it makes rape seem natural and inevitable.« (Source: Columbia University Press)


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