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.

March 2, 2013

ART: Our Rapists, Ourselves. Women and the Staging of Rape in the Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar

Author: Leora Lev
Title: Our Rapists, Ourselves
Subtitle: Women and the Staging of Rape in the Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar
In: A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar
Edited by: Marvin D'Lugo and Kathleen M. Vernon
Place: Oxford
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Year: 2013
Pages: 203-224
Series: Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors
ISBN-13: 9781405195829 - eISBN-13: 9781118325360
Language: English
Full Text: Wiley Online Library [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »This chapter suggests that Pedro Almodóvar's cinematic reflections on rape offer a more nuanced, troubling, and necessary analysis that complicates - even when it's also clearly grappling with - understandings of rape both within Spain and beyond in ways that resist reductive categorizations. Although nearly all of Almodóvar's films deal with rape, including rape between men and child abuse, this chapter focuses primarily upon three emblematic films: ¡Átame!/Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and Kika, in which the act of rape is placed in a contemporaneous specularized media landscape; followed by Hable con ella/Talk to Her, whose critical elaboration of rape invokes an earlier intertextual web composed of a “monstrous feminine” of western cultural fairytales, myths, tropes, and cinematic representations. Almodóvar offers an alternative dénouement to the specularizations of implied or actual sexual violence against women.« [Source: Wiley]