Regehr 2012 Rape

Title Information

Authors: Kaitlyn Regehr and Cheryl Regehr

Title: Let them Satisfy Thus Lust on Thee

Subtitle: Titus Andronicus as Window Into Societal Views of Rape and PTSD

Journal: Traumatology

Volume: 18

Issue: 2

Year: June 2012

Pages: 27-34

ISSN: 1534-7656 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1085-9373 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 16th Century | English History | Representations: Literature / William Shakespeare; Victims: Trauma

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Authors: Cheryl Regehr, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Abstract: »Titus Andronicus in which the young Lavinia is raped and then brutally mutilated, is arguably Shakespeare’s most explicit and complex play involving rape. A range of theatrical, feminist, and performance literature examines the character of Lavinia and the representation of her assault. Yet, the representation of rape, like rape itself, is socially and historically constructed. This article reviews societal, legal, and medical views of rape from Shakespeare’s late 16th-century London to the present. By applying a temporal lens to productions of Titus Andronicus staged in varying time periods, performance can be seen to explicate historical stages in the understanding of rape victims and their subsequent trauma. Thus, a 400-year-old play continues to reflect modern reality by depicting a contemporary understanding of rape and trauma, shaped by social mores, legal structures, and scientific knowledge.« (Source: Traumatology)


  Constructions of Rape and Trauma in Shakespeare's Time (p. 28)
  Shakespeare's Depiction of Trauma (p. 29)
  Changing Views on Rape and Trauma (p. 30)
  Modern-Day Depictions of Trauma in Titus Andronicus (p. 30)
  Recovery From Trauma (p. 31)
  Conclusion (p. 32)
  Declaration of Conflicting Interests (p. 33)
  Funding (p. 33)
  References (p. 33)

Wikipedia: William Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus

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