Thoret 2013 Violence

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Author: Yves Thoret

Title: La violence sexuelle dans Mesure pour mesure

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Journal: Sillages critiques

Volume: -

Issue: 15

Year: 2013

Pages: 8 pages (PDF), 39 paragraphs

eISSN: 1969-6302 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: French

Keywords: 17th Century | English History | Representations: Literature / William Shakespeare

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Abstract: »Isabella is a victim of sexual blackmail when she pleads for mercy with Angelo for her brother. Such psychic coercion is a form of rape. When she is thus stigmatized, the victim’s reaction is usually based upon shame, silence, self-depreciation and she may be driven to suicide like Lucrece. Some may revenge themselves directly, like Titus Andronicus and his daughter Lavinia. In Measure for Measure, written some twelve years later after this first revenge tragedy, Isabella dares to protest against her offender as she claims for law and justice. Shakespeare compares this traumatic experience to a tree whose bark has been peeled off. At first, Isabella invokes a cruel de-humanized father-figure, superficially incorporated. Later on, influenced by the patient support of the Duke-Monk, she may elaborate an introjected father-figure, according to the pattern of the French psychoanalysts Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok. This transference support helps Isabella to resist the stigmatization of the victims of sexual violence.« [Source: Sillages critiques]


  La violence sexuelle entre Isabella et Angelo
    La première supplique (2.2)
    Le chantage sexuel (2.4)
    La dénonciation publique
  Les figures et conséquences principales de la violence sexuelle
    La honte, comme un arbre privé d’écorce
    Le père cruel, père incorporé
    La figure paternelle introjectée, guidant la victime vers l’étoile du matin

Wikipedia: William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Added: August 31, 2013 | Last updated: October 26, 2013