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.

January 19, 2013

ART: Signifying Narratives: Revolting Voices in Alice Walker’s and Maya Angelou’s Narratives

Author: Najmeh Nouri
Title: Signifying Narratives
Subtitle: Revolting Voices in Alice Walker’s and Maya Angelou’s Narratives
Journal: The Iranian EFL Journal
Volume: 8
Issue: 6
Year: December 2012
Pages: 418-426
ISSN: 1836-8743 - eISSN: 1836-8751
Language: English
Full Text: Iranian EFL Journal [Free Access]

Abstract: »The act of writing about traumatic events, particularly about Black female victims who experienced rape, by Black women writers because of the way it demonstrates a kind of narrative that inclines to break the established codes, is an effective taskfor breaking down the walls of silence and speechlessness around sexual exploitation of Black women. In looking at the literary representation of Black women as rape victims, this paper will examine Alice Walker's The Color purple (1982), Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970). Reading the novels as trauma narratives, this paper aims to explore how Walker and Angelou offer a kind of narrative technique which inclines to demonstrate their desires to transform indirectly experienced form of horror as a black minority into life-giving stories. In other words, these writers through the act of writing react toward their unconscious desire that feels traumatized and needs to heal through writing.« [Source: Iranian EFL Journal]