Parker 2014 Rape

Title Information

Author: Kate Parker

Title: "The Battle Without Killing"

Subtitle: Eliza Haywood and the Politics of Attempted Rape

In: Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered

Edited by: Kate Parker and Courtney Weiss Smith

Place: Lewisburg, PA

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

Year: 2014

Pages: 27-48

Series: Transits

ISBN-13: 9781611484830 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat ISBN-13: 9781611484847 (electronic) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 18th Century | English History | Representations: Literature / Eliza Haywood

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Author: Kate Parker, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Abstract: »Kate Parker's essay explores a more contested novelistic appropriation of Belinda. Parker argues that Eliza Haywood's The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless (1751) simultaneously enacts and critiques the mock-heroic "battle without killing." In reworking Belinda's "rape" as incessantly repeated violent assaults on Betsy, Haywood highlights the trope's problematic way of trivializing women and inviting laughter at the possibility of sexual violence. Parker further suggests that Haywood's self-conscious crafting of her authorial identity involves a related "instantiation and critique" of Pope's Dunciad depiction of her (a depiction that casts her as a sort of Belinda or Betsy).« [Source: Smith, Courtney W. »Introduction: Poetry, Novels, People, Things.« Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered. Edited by Kate Parker. Lewisburg 2014: xix]

Wikipedia: Eliza Haywood

Added: March 29, 2014 | Last updated: March 29, 2014