By Sorcha Gunne, Zoe Brigley Thompson
The essays during this quantity speak about narrative concepts hired via overseas writers whilst facing rape and sexual violence, even if in fiction, poetry, memoir, or drama. In constructing those new feminist readings of rape narratives, the individuals goal to include arguments approximately trauma and resistance so one can determine new dimensions of therapeutic. This ebook makes an essential contribution to the fields of literary reports and feminism, seeing that whereas different volumes have inquisitive about retroactive portrayals of rape in literature, thus far none has centred fullyyt at the subversive paintings that's being performed to retheorize sexual violence.
Split into 4 sections, the amount considers sexual violence from a few varied angles. 'Subverting the Story' considers how the characters of the sufferer and rapist could be subverted in narratives of sexual violence. In 'Metaphors for Resistance,' the essays discover how writers procedure the topic of rape obliquely utilizing metaphors to symbolize their agony and soreness. the talk of no longer conversing approximately sexual violence is the point of interest of 'The Protest of Silence,' whereas 'The query of the Visual' considers the issues of creating sexual violence noticeable within the poetic snapshot, in movie and on level. those 4 sections conceal a magnificent variety of global writing which include curriculum staples like Toni Morrison, Sarah Kane, Sandra Cisneros, Yvonne Vera, and Sharon Olds.
Read or Download Feminism, Literature and Rape Narratives: Violence and Violation (Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures) PDF
Best feminism books
There's a big lifestyle of guys who alternate assistance, methods, and strategies for seducing girls. in the final ten years, those underground "pickup artists" have burst into the preferred realization, aided by way of Neil Strauss’s bestselling booklet "The Game" and VH1’s hit fact convey "The Pick-Up Artist.
In the direction of Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and flow development process is for activists attractive with dynamic questions of the way to create and help potent events for visionary systemic switch. Chris Crass’s selection of essays and interviews provides us with strong classes for transformative organizing via supplying a firsthand examine the demanding situations and the possibilities of anti-racist paintings in white groups, feminist paintings with males, and bringing girls of colour feminism into the center of social activities.
Maitland, British novelist (Three occasions desk, Daughter of Jerusalem, Ancestral Truths, and so forth. ) and Christian feminist (A Map of the recent Country), has the following produced a fantastically written e-book that's half paean to God and half explication of religion. regardless of its subtitle, it's also a considering person's seek, not only a feminist's.
Feminism has dramatically stimulated the best way literary texts are learn, taught and evaluated. Feminist literary conception has intentionally transgressed conventional barriers among literature, philosophy and the social sciences which will know the way gender has been developed and represented via language.
Extra resources for Feminism, Literature and Rape Narratives: Violence and Violation (Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures)
As ‘she pushes Senanayak with her two mangled breasts’ Dopdi turns her brutalized body into a weapon to de deployed against her rapist, inspiring fear in him and thus precluding him from accessing the power associated with raping (37). By emphasizing Dopdi’s status as a ‘target’ (37, italics in original), Devi reinforces the reappropriation of power that Dopdi comes to embody. Significantly, Devi intertwines the discourses of race and gender as Senanayak is terrified of Dopdi’s specifically black, racialized body.
Trauma is thus both highlighted and repressed in the passage, while Xuela ‘refuses to naturalize her oppression by acquiescing in the role of object’ (Cobham 2002: 878). Yet the sense of loss, trauma and ‘inevitable’ violation is no less intense and palpable for being mediated both descriptively and stylistically. In thus complicating the ways in which the legacies of colonial domination operate at the level of gender and class relations in her novel, Kincaid anticipates the unorthodox representation of sexual violence in the younger generation of Caribbean American women’s fiction.
This idea has been interrogated by Horeck, who describes her notion of ‘public rape’ as ‘more than simply the publicized controversies surrounding stories of sexual violence’; rather it is ‘the idea of rape as an event that relates to the affairs of a community or a 8 Zoë Brigley Thompson and Sorcha Gunne nation’ (Horeck 2004: vii). The testimony in the British Home Office report supports Horeck’s idea that rape becomes an object of public consumption, especially when the witness suggests that it is not enough to tell the truth, but that she has the responsibility of convincing the audience/community/nation of the truth of her experience.