Pipkin 2009 Fear

Title Information

Author: Amanda Pipkin

Title: Every Woman's Fear

Subtitle: Stories of Rape and Dutch Identity in the Golden Age

Journal: Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis

Volume: 122

Issue: 3

Year: September 2009

Pages: 291-305

ISSN: 0040-7518 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2352-1163 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 17th Century | Dutch History

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Link: Amsterdam University Press (Restricted Access)

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Additional Information

Author: Amanda Pipkin, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Academia.edu


»This article briefly explores the ways in which literate members of the Dutch Republic deployed depictions of sexual violence in order to stimulate specific forms of Dutch national, religious, and social identification during the first half of the seventeenth century. Understanding the centrality of the discourse of rape in the nascent Dutch Republic reveals the ways in which power was expressed in bodily terms. By means of their depictions of rape, patriarchs asserted control not only over women, but also over poorer men and minors; literary elites declared Dutch superiority over the Spanish; and Dutch Catholics and Protestants challenged each other’s views of the ideal constitution of the new Dutch social body.« (Source: Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis)
»The article discusses the ways social and political elites in the early Dutch Republic employed stories and images of rape and sexual violence to encourage various kinds of Dutch national, religious, and social identity. Expressing power in bodily terms is seen as a way of controlling women as well as youth and the economically disadvantaged. The use of such images as a way of expressing the superiority of Dutch over Spanish culture, and in debates between Dutch Catholics and Protestants, is also discussed.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


  Rape and nation-building (p. 292)
  Protestant advice, patriarchal privilege and the law (p. 297)
  Challenges to dominant depictions of rape (p. 301)
  Concluding remarks (p. 304)

Added: February 21, 2015 – Last updated: February 21, 2015