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Author: Misty Krueger

Title: The Rhetoric of Rape

Subtitle: William Blake’s Visions of the Daughters of Albion as Eighteenth-Century Rape Trial

In: Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800

Edited by: Anne Greenfield

Place: London

Publisher: Pickering & Chatto

Year: 2013

Pages: 149-162 and 208-210

Series: The Body, Gender and Culture 14

ISBN-13: 9781848934399 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 18th Century | English History | Prosecution: Laws, Trials; Representations: Literature / William Blake


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Author: Misty Krueger, Department of English, University of Maine at

Abstract: »In the following chapter Misty Krueger turns to sexual violence in eighteenth-century verse, in an examination of Bromion's rape of Oothoon in William Blake's poetic slave narrative, Visions of the Daughters of Albion (VDA). Krueger analyses this poem alongside numerous testimonies from real-life court cases at the time, arguing that the text both mirrors the proceedings of a trial for rape and that it places blame on the injustices seen in such a patriarchal system that blames prosecutrixes for their own victimhood. While VDA does not offer a proto-feminist vision of female sexuality, the poem does offer a nascent concern for and rejection of many of the blame-the-victim attitudes that pervaded the literary and legal texts of this era.« (Source: Anne Greenfield. »Introduction.« Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800. Edited by Anne Greenfield. London 2013: 10-11)


  Rape Laws and Trials in Eighteenth-Century England (p. 149)
  The Rhetoric of Rape in William Blake's Visions of the Daughters of Albion (p. 155)

Wikipedia: William Blake: Visions of the Daughters of Albion