Young 2007 Rape

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Author: Tiffany Ann Young

Title: Rape in Contemporary American Literature

Subtitle: Writing Women As Rapeable

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, Florida State University

Year: 2007

Pages: iv + 63pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Representations: Literature

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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)

Added: July 14, 2007 | Last updated: May 31, 2014