Added: July 14, 2007 – Last updated: November 4, 2017


Author: Tiffany A(nn) Young

Title: Rape in Contemporary American Literature

Subtitle: Writing Women As Rapeable

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, Florida State University

Advisor: Dennis Moore

Year: 2007

Pages: iv + 63pp.

OCLC Number: 154308456 – Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: Canadian History, U.S. History | Cases: Offenders / Cholly Breedlove, Richard Griffen, Glen Waddell, Gary Cooper White; Cases: Victims / Ruth Anne "Bone" Boatwright, Pecola Breedlove, Laura Chase, Theresa Dunn, Kat Guerrera, Lutie Johnson; Offenders: Kinship / Fathers; Representations: Literary Texts / Dorothy Allison, Margaret Atwood, M.F. Beal, Erica Jong, Toni Morrison, Ann Petry, Judith Rossner; Victims: Kinship / Daughters


Link: DigiNole Commons: Digital Repository of the Florida State University (Free Access)


Abstract: »In the 1970’s, with the second-wave feminist movement, sexual violence became a forefront topic in feminist studies and it continues to trouble the boundaries between disciplinary studies. When I refer to rape, I consider it a criminal act, a violent sexual invasion on the body in connection to hegemonic discourse, resulting in sexual victimization. Looking at the cultural representation of rape in literature allows us to understand the cultural fears and fascinations with rape while respecting the victims of assault. Looking at novels beginning in the late 1930’s and continuing to the present, I hope to deconstruct the hegemonic discourse surrounding rape. Through the corporeal acts of sexual violence, we can understand ways the writer socially constructs sexuality, race, and gender and ways fictional assault both is scripted by and scripts cultural norms.« (Source: Thesis)


  Abstract (p. iv)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  Chapter 1. Writing Women As Rapeable (p. 7)
  Chapter 2. Fantasy, Fear, and Rape: Rape Myth Troubled Through Fantasy (p. 21)
  Chapter 3. Problems with Rape: Looking at the Male Script (p. 40)
  Conclusion (p. 57)
  References (p. 61)
  Biographical Sketch (p. 63)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of Canada, History of the United States | Literature: American literature, Canadian literature | 20th-century American writers: Dorothy Allison / Bastard out of Carolina; Erica Jong / Fear of Flying (novel); Toni Morrison / The Bluest Eye; Ann Petry / The Street (novel); Judith Rossner / Looking for Mr. Goodbar | 20th-century Canadian writers: Margaret Atwood / The Blind Assasin