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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.

July 15, 2013

ART: Reinventing Lucretia: Rape, Suicide and Redemption from Classical Antiquity to the Medieval Era

Author: Eleanor Glendinning
Title: Reinventing Lucretia
Subtitle: Rape, Suicide and Redemption from Classical Antiquity to the Medieval Era
Journal: International Journal of the Classical Tradition
Year: July 4, 2013 (Online First)
Pages: 22 pages
ISSN: 1073-0508 - eISSN: 1874-6292
Language: English
Full Text: SpringerLink [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »This article examines the rape and suicide of the archetypal Roman matron Lucretia and the representation and appropriation of her story in literature from Augustan Rome, Late Antiquity and the medieval period. Rape and suicide have always been highly evocative, topical and controversial actions for scrutinising the relationship between gender and history, and it is no accident that Rome's first high-profile victim was later drawn upon by writers from 2,000 years of European history to explore issues such as appropriate (and inappropriate) female behaviour, sexuality, guilt, redemption, and the ethics of voluntary death. This article offers a diachronic perspective on the long afterlife of a single Roman myth and the potency of that myth as a privileged and effective point of reference for exploring femininity, rape and suicide in European history.« [Source: International Journal of the Classical Tradition]

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