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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.

August 11, 2013

ART: Everyman or a Monster? The Rapist in Early Modern England, c.1600-1750

Author: Garthine Walker
Title: Everyman or a Monster?
Subtitle: The Rapist in Early Modern England, c.1600-1750
Journal: History Workshop Journal
Volume: In press
Year: First published online August 2, 2013
Pages: 27 pages
ISSN: 1363-3554 - eISSN: 1477-4569
Language: English
Full Text: Oxford Journals [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »The focus of this article is on responses to men who raped in early modern England and Wales. Most historical writing on sexual violence and rape in the period has focused on the women and children who were subjected to such abuse rather than upon the perpetrators. The rapist, when he appears, is presented at some times as everyman and at others a monster. The article explores what may be at stake in such a dichotomous view and its unresolved tensions not only for historians but also for early modern people. Using primary sources including pre-trial depositions, printed sessions papers, and newspaper reports of rape and rape, the article explores some of the ways in which early modern people responded to the figure of the rapist, viewing rape either as an ordinary expression of male desire or an extraordinary exhibition of brutish force in ways that seem at once familiar and alien to modern commentators«. [Source: History Workshop Journal]

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