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Author: Régine Michelle Jean-Charles

Title: Conflict Bodies

Subtitle: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary

Place: Columbus, OH

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

Year: 2014

Pages: 320pp.

Series: Transoceanic Studies

ISBN-10: 0814212468 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 0814293492 (CD-ROM) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9780814212462 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780814252932 (paper) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780814293492 (CD-ROM) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | African History: Congolese History, Rwandan History; American History: Guadeloupean History, Haitian History | Representations: Literary Texts / 20th-Century Literature



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Author: Régine Michelle Jean-Charles, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Boston College


  List of Illustrations (p. vii)
  Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  Introduction   Can the Subaltern Survivor Speak? The Global Politics of Rape Discourses (p. 1)
  Chapter 1   "Bound to Violence?" A History of the Rape Trope in Francophone Studies (p. 17)
  Chapter 2   Rethinking Political Rape: Genealogies of Sexual Violence in Haiti (p. 57)
  Chapter 3   Islands Unbound: Beyond the Rape of the Land (p. 101)
  Chapter 4   Beneath Layers of Violence: Images of Rape and the Rwandan Genocide (p. 145)
  Chapter 5   Regarding the Pain of Congolese Women: Narrative Closure, Audience Affect, and Rape as a Tool of War (p. 205)
  Epilogue   Not Just (Any) Body Can Be a Global Citizen: Rape and Human Rights Advocacy in the Twenty-First Century (p. 261)
  Notes (p. 273)
  Bibliography (p. 296)
  Index (p. 307)

Description: »Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary explores the relationship between rape and narratives of violence in francophone literature and culture. The book offers ways to account for the raped bodies beneath the conflicts of slavery, genocide, dictatorship, natural disasters and war—and to examine why doing so is necessary. Through a feminist analysis of the rhetoric and representation of rape in francophone African and Caribbean cultural production, Conflict Bodies examines theoretical, visual, and literary texts that challenge the dominant views of postcolonial violence. Using an interdisciplinary and comparative framework to consider different contexts—Haiti, Guadeloupe, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of the Congo—Régine Michelle Jean-Charles illuminates how analyzing survivors’ subjectivities, stories, and embodied experiences provides a nuanced understanding of what is at stake in rape representation. Referencing theories from francophone literary studies, transnational black feminisms, and rape cultural criticism to analyze novels, film, photography, drama, and documentaries, Jean-Charles argues that in today’s global climate—where one in three women worldwide has been raped, rape is being used as a tool of war, and rape myths circulate with vehemence—traditional "scripts of violence" that fail to account for sexual violence demand refusal, re-thinking, and re-imagining.« (Source: Ohio State University Press)


– Busenbark, Lawrence, et al. »Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary.« Boston College Libraries. Boston 2014. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

– Joseph-Gabriel, Annette, et al. »Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary.« New Books in African Studies. New Books Network 2017. – Bibliographic Entry: Info


– Benedicty-Kokken, Alessandra. »“When the Details Are No Longer Too Much”: The Embodied Citizen-Subject in Régine Michelle Jean-Charles’s Conflict BodiesAnthurium: A Caribbiean Studies Journal 13(2) (2016). – Full Text: Scholarly Repository of the University of Miami (Free Access)

– Brown, Marissa. »Reading Bodies That Speak.« sx salon No. 20 (November 2015). – Full Text: Small Axe Project (Free Access)

– Couti, Jacqueline. Postcolonial Text 9(4) (2014). – Full Text: Postcolonial Text (Free Access)

– Lachman, Kathryn. Research in African Literatures 46(2) (Summer 2015): 160-164. – Full Text: JSTOR (Restricted Access), Project MUSE (Restricted Access)

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