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Author: Dina Zhurba

Title: The Engendered Representation of Sexual Violence in Sarah Kane's Blasted

Subtitle: -

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, University of Richmond

Year: December 2008

Pages: 37pp.

OCLC Number: 475581712 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: English History | Representations: Literary Texts / Sarah Kane; Types: Same-Sex Rape; Victims: Age and Gender / Male Adults


Link: UR Scholarship Repository: A Service of the University of Richmond Libraries (Free Access)


Abstract: »In Blasted, Kane represents how incidents of rape highlight, exacerbate and solidify the unevenness of power distribution between men and women in the modern world and provides a new perspective at what we might call “rape in general” – a transhistorical phenomenon of rape as a practice of violence towards the female victim. Through a detailed analysis of the unique representational circumstances of the multiple scenes of rape, such as Cate’s meaningful absence in Ian’s scene of rape, the author of the essay comes to a conclusion that rape is and remains an engendered practice. However, along with reaffirming the depth of the fundamental binary opposition of masculine and feminine in the social construction of rape, Kane introduces a new dimension to the issue of sexual violence through the vividly represented physical rape of the feminized male body, questioning the status of rape as the female victim-only space.« (Source: Thesis)


  The Hierarchy of the Symbolic Feminine and Musculine in Rape (p. 6)
  Author and Gender (p. 7)
  Rape, Representation and Blasted (p. 13)
  Victims and Perpetrators in Blasted (p. 19)
  Scenes of Rape in Blasted (p. 21)
  Blasted and the Possibility of Male Victimhood (p. 30)
  Bibliography (p. 34)
  Author's Biography (p. 37)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England / History of the United Kingdom (1945–present) | Literature: English literature | 20th-century English writers: Sarah Kane / Blasted