Author: Sharon Stockton
Title: The Economics of Fantasy
Subtitle: Rape in Twentienth-Century Literature
Place: Columbus, OH
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Pages: vii + 235pp.
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»In The Economics of Fantasy: Rape in Twentieth-Century Literature, Sharon Stockton examines the persistence and the evolution of the rape narrative in twentieth-century literature--the old story of male power and violence; female passivity and penetrability. What accounts for its persistence? How has the story changed over the course of the twentieth century? In this provocative book, Stockton investigates the manner in which the female body--or to be more precise, the violation of the female body--serves as a metaphor for a complex synthesis of masculinity and political economy. From high modernism to cyberpunk, Pound to Pynchon, Stockton argues that the compulsive return to the rape story, articulates--among other things--the gradual and relentless removal of Western man from the fantastical capitalist role of venturesome, industrious agency. The metamorphosis of the twentieth-century rape narrative registers a desperate attempt to preserve traditional patterns of robust, entrepreneurial masculinity in the face of economic forms that increasingly disallow illusions of individual authority.
Reviews: Fulk, Mark. American Literature 81(2) (June 2009): 416-418. – Full Text: Duke University Press (Restricted Access)
Added: June 3, 2006 – Last updated: November 1, 2014