Introduction

The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

September 4, 2011

CFP: Taking Liberties: Sex, Pleasure, Coercion (1748-1928)

Conference: Taking Liberties: Sex, Pleasure, Coercion (1748-1928)
Place: Newcastle, UK
Date: June 15-17, 2012
Submission deadline: November 1, 2011

Description: »From the publication of John Cleland’s Fanny Hill to D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, literature has imaginatively exploited the relationship between freedom, coercion and sexual pleasure. At the same time, the history of print, film and theatre censorship has been told as a progressive unshackling from constraint. Yet the idea of sexual liberty as an unqualified good has increasingly come under scrutiny, giving way to the realization that freedom from constraint can mean imprisonment in alternate structures of power, frustration and denial. How are the complex relations between sexual licence, pleasure and coercion understood, represented and negotiated during the long nineteenth century? How did censorship and obscenity laws shape the literary/cinematic/theatrical landscape? How were sexually controversial texts – from erotica to triple-decker novels, from peep-shows to West-End theatre – produced, circulated, preserved and consumed?«

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