Wilks 2013 Rape

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Author: Louise Wilks

Title: ‘Good enough for a spot of lippy anyway’

Subtitle: Rape and the Body Politic in My Brother Tom

Journal: Journal of British Cinema and Television

Volume: 10

Issue: 2

Year: April 2013

Pages: 358-373

ISSN: 1743-4521 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 17553-1714 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 21st Century | English History | Representations: Films / My Brother Tom



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Link: Edinburgh University Press [Restricted Access]



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Abstract: »The representation of rape continues to be one of the most highly charged issues in contemporary cinema, and whilst many discussions of this topic focus on Hollywood movies, sexual violation is also a pervasive topic in British cinema. This article examines the portrayal of a female's rape in the British feature My Brother Tom (2001), a powerful and often troubling text in which the sexual violation of the teenage female protagonist functions as a catalyst for the events that comprise the plot, as is often the case in rape narratives. The article provides an overview of some of the key feminist academic discussions and debates that cinematic depictions of rape have prompted, before closely analysing My Brother Tom's rape scene in relation to such discourses. The article argues that the rape scene is neither explicit nor sensationalised, and that by having the camera focus on Jessica's bewildered reactions, it positions the audience with her, and powerfully but discreetly portrays the grave nature of sexual abuse. The article then moves on to examine the portrayal of sexual violation in My Brother Tom as a whole, considering the cultural inscriptions etched on the female body within its account of rape, before concluding with a discussion of the film's depiction of Jessica's ensuing methods of bodily self-inscription as she attempts to disassociate her body from its sexual violation.« [Source: Journal of British Cinema and Television]


Added: August 17, 2013 | Last updated: October 19, 2013