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.

August 31, 2013

ART: Sexual Relations Between Elite White Women and Enslaved Men in the Antebellum South: A Socio-Historical Analysis

Author: Jacqueline M. Allain
Title: Sexual Relations Between Elite White Women and Enslaved Men in the Antebellum Sout
Subtitle: A Socio-Historical Analysis
Journal: Student Pulse: Online Academic Student Journal
Volume: 5
Issue: 8
Year: 2013
Pages: -
ISSN: 2153-5760
Language: English
Full Text: Student Pulse [Free Access]

Abstract: »There is ample evidence of sexual relations, from rapes to what appear to be relatively symbiotic romantic partnerships, between white slave masters and black women in the Antebellum South. Much rarer were sexual relations between white women and black slave men, yet they too occurred. Using an intersectional socio-historical analysis, this paper explores the factors that contributed or may have contributed to the incidence of sexual encounters between elite white women and slave men, the power dynamics embedded in them, and their implications in terms of sexual consent. The paper demonstrates how upper-class white women who engaged in these relationships used sex as an instrument of power, simultaneously perpetuating both white supremacy and patriarchy.« [Source: Student Pulse]

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ART: Rape Myths: History, Individual and Institutional-Level Presence, and Implications for Change

Authors: Katie M. Edwards, Jessica A. Turchik, Christina M. Dardis, Nicole Reynolds, and Christine A. Gidycz
Title: Rape Myths
Subtitle: History, Individual and Institutional-Level Presence, and Implications for Change
In: Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (Fourth Edition)
Edited by: Mindy Stombler, Dawn M. Baunach, Wendy Simonds, Elroi J. Windwor, and Elisabeth O. Burgess
Place: New York, NY
Publisher: W.W. Norton
Year: 2013
Pages:
ISBN-13: 9780393935868
Language: English

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ART: The Tyrant as Artist: Legal Fiction and Sexual Violence under Tiberius

Author: Barbara Natalie Nagel
Title: The Tyrant as Artist
Subtitle: Legal Fiction and Sexual Violence under Tiberius
Journal: Law & Literature
Volume: 25
Issue: 2
Year: Summer 2013
Pages: 286-310
ISSN: 1535-685X - eISSN: 1541-2601
Language: English
Full Text: JSTOR [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Imagine that it is illegal to execute a virgin, so one must therefore violate a virgin prior to her execution—it is this legal crux from the reign of the second Roman emperor Tiberius that is the main object of this investigation. Tacitus’, Suetonius’, and Dio’s portrayals of Tiberius present the latter as the emperor of dissimulation, duplicity, hypocrisy, and pretense and at the same time as the self-proclaimed “justest emperor.” This article attempts a rhetorical analysis of Tiberius’ ironical dialogue with the law. It focuses on how Tiberius employs the genre of legal fiction to justify particularly gruesome punishments: Tiberius treats virginity as a legal fiction in order to literalize and thereby fix the concept of virginity. In effect, virginity is considered by the law not as a stable concept but rather as something transitory, which can be altered or molded.« [Source: Law & Literature]

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ART: A Gendered Protest: Sexual Violence in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Triology

Author: Justine Short
Title: A Gendered Protest
Subtitle: Sexual Violence in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Triology
Journal: Codex: A Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship in the Humanities
Volume: 1
Issue: -
Year: August 2013
Pages: 1-16
Language: English
Full Text: Codex [Free Access]

ART: Sexual Assault in the Shadow of the Law: Character and Proof in Samuel Richardson's Clarissa

Author: Ann K. Wagner
Title: Sexual Assault in the Shadow of the Law
Subtitle: Character and Proof in Samuel Richardson's Clarissa
Journal: Law & Literature
Volume: 25
Issue: 2
Year: Summer 2013
Pages: 311-326
ISSN: 1535-685X - eISSN: 1541-2601
Language: English
Full Text: JSTOR [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa has often been read as a rejection of law in favor of morality, thanks to Clarissa’s decision not to bring her rapist Lovelace to court and the heavy religious symbolism that pervades the novel’s final volume. The author critiques this reading as ahistorical while observing that it also tends to alienate the modern reader. The article suggests an alternative reading, rooted in the historical legal context that informs Clarissa’s decision, including eighteenth-century evidence law and pre-modern forms of legal proof. The article further shows that law and its instruments are essential to the public vindication that Clarissa finds in the closing pages of the novel. It has become too easy to assume that Richardson rejects the utility of law just because his heroine refuses one form of legal process. A closer examination of the role that law plays in Clarissa demonstrates that Richardson reveres an idealized form of law even as he questions contemporary legal practices.« [Source: Law & Literature]

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REV: Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru

Author: Jaymie P. Heilman
Title: Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru. By Kimberly Theidon. Philadelphia: University of Pennylvania Press, 2013. Pp. xiii, 461.$75.00 cloth.
Journal: The Americas
Volume: 70
Issue: 1
Year: July 2013
Pages: 124-126
ISSN: 0003-1615 - eISSN: 1533-6247
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted Access]

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CFP: Gender, Sexuality and Hip Hop

Conference: 2013 Mini-Conference Gender, Sexuality and Hip Hop
Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Date: December 5-6, 2013
Submission deadline for proposals: September 13, 2013
More information: Anna Julia Cooper Project

Description: »The conference will bring together a small group of scholars, students, artists, and activists for an intensive series of discussions focused on the contemporary challenges and opportunities at the intersection of gender, sexuality and hip-hop.«

CFP: “Sex and Southern Legislatures: Examining the Politics of Regulation During the Late-Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Conference: 80th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association
Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Date: November 13-16, 2014
Submission deadline: September 15, 2013
More information: H-Net Announcements

Description: »We are seeking one additional presenter, a commentator (or two), and a chair for a panel entitled, “Sex and Southern Legislatures: Examining the Politics of Regulation During the Late-Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" for the 2014 SHA in Atlanta, Ga.«

CFP: Body and Culture

Conference: National Conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date: April 16-19, 2014
Submission deadline: November 1, 2013
More information: H-Net Announcements

Description: »Papers in this intentionally interdisciplinary and diverse area look at the multitude of meanings culture writes onto bodies, the mechanisms used to write and disseminate those meanings, as well as the impact those meanings have on the bodies so inscribed.«

CFP: Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Conference: 35th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular / American Culture Association
Place: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Date: February 19-22, 2014
Submission deadline for proposals: November 1, 2013
More information: Southwest Popular / American Culture Association

Description:
»Proposals are welcomed from graduate students as well as established scholars for individual presentations, panels, or roundtable discussions on any aspect of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Popular/American Culture. Topics which address the conference theme of “Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” are especially invited. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Television, Film, & Fictional Depictions of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
* Western & Non-Western Queer Identities
* Polyamorous /Polyandrous, GQ, and/or Transsexual Subjectivities
* Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Folk Culture, Art, History
* Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Politics, Business, or Industry«.

CFP: English Literature

Journal: Bristol Journal of English Studies
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 22, 2013
More information: Bristol Journal of English Studies

Description: »The Bristol Journal of English Studies is now accepting abstract submissions for prospective articles for peer-reviewed publication in winter 2013-2014. The journal publishes critical pieces from early-career academics and research students from all areas of English Studies. Articles should be 5,000 to 7,000 words in length; essays, shorter pieces of up to 5,000 words, are also considered. There is no specific theme for Issue 4, and abstracts engaging with any era or area of English literature are welcome.«

CFP: Feminist Studies in English Literature

Journal: Feminist Studies in English Literature
Editor-in-Chief: Hyeyurn Chung
Submission deadlines: January 31 (April edition), July 31 (September edition), September 30 (December edition)
More information: Calls for Papers website

Description: »Feminist Studies in English Literature welcomes essays on the study of literature that incorporate feminist perspectives. The journal does not limit its scope to English literature or to literary studies. It encourages articles on literatures of various nations and on feminist theories and criticisms. Book reviews are also welcome.«

PROJECT: Sexueller Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz

Project: Interdisziplinäres Forschungsverbundprojekt „Sexueller Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz“
Funding: Verband der Diözesen Deutschlands
Submission deadline: October 31, 2013
More information: Deutsche Bischofskonferenz

Description:
»Das von der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz beschlossene Forschungsprojekt „Sexueller Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz“ wird nun als „Interdisziplinäres Forschungsverbundprojekt“ neu ausgeschrieben. ... Nachdem das Forschungsprojekt durch die Kündigung der Zusammenarbeit mit dem Kriminologischen Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen e. V. zu Jahresanfang vorläufig beendet wurde, weil keine gemeinsame Basis gefunden werden konnte, beschlossen die deutschen Bischöfe noch im Januar 2013 einstimmig, an der Realisierung des Forschungsprojektes festzuhalten. Dazu wurde ein Beraterkreis von den deutschen Bischöfen eingesetzt, der bei der Überprüfung des Projektkonzepts und der Auswahl eines neuen Projektpartners Hilfe leistet. Wesentliche Ziele des Forschungsprojektes sind nach wie vor die Erhebung von verlässlichem Zahlenmaterial sowie die Untersuchung von Täterstrategien, Opfererleben und institutionellen Aspekten. Die Erkenntnisse werden in die diözesane Präventionsarbeit einfließen.«

August 25, 2013

ART: Abuso sexual infantil y medicina legal en el ámbito judicial de Yucatán 1875-1925

Author: José Mauricio Dzul Sánchez
Title: Abuso sexual infantil y medicina legal en el ámbito judicial de Yucatán 1875-1925
Subtitle: -
Journal: Temas Antropológicos: Revista Científica de Investigaciones Regionales
Volume: 35
Issue: 1
Year: October 2012 - March 2013
Pages: 109-140
ISSN: 1403-843X
Language: Spanish
Full Text: [Free Access]

Abstract: »This article examines the historical problem of child sexual abuse, based on judicial and medical documents of the XIX and early XX century, recognizing three main lines: child abuse perceived as a social problem; the medical perspective about this theme; and laxity of legal actions and judicial measures to punish this crime. As well, it is observed some of the transformations that have taken place in this judicial ambit.« [Source: Temas Antropológicos]

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ART: Political Activism, Legal Discourses and Sexual Violence in India

Authors: Geetanjali Gangoli and Martin Rew
Title: Political Activism, Legal Discourses and Sexual Violence in India
Subtitle: -
Website: e-International Relations
Year: February 6, 2013
Language: English
Full Text: e-International Relations [Free Access]

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ART: "They didn't rape me": Traces of Gendered Violence and Sexual Injury in the Testimonies of Spanish Republican Women Survivors of the Franco Dictatorship

Author: Gina Herrmann
Title: "They didn't rape me"
Subtitle: Traces of Gendered Violence and Sexual Injury in the Testimonies of Spanish Republican Women Survivors of the Franco Dictatorship
In: Tapestry of Memory: Evidence and Testimony in Life-Story Narratives
Edited by: Nanci Adler and Selma Leydesdorff
Place: New Brunswick, NJ
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Year: 2013
Pages: 77-95
ISBN-13: 9781412851657
Language: English
Full Text: Google Books [Limited Preview]

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ART: Keeping it in the family: Prosecuting incest in colonial Queensland

Author: Yorick Smaal
Title: Keeping it in the family
Subtitle: Prosecuting incest in colonial Queensland
Journal: Journal of Australian Studies
Volume: 37
Issue: 3
Year: 2013
Pages: 316-332
ISSN: 1444-3058 - eISSN: 1835-6419
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »This article examines forty-six criminal charges of lineal family sex crime in Queensland between 1870 and 1900. It finds that the special incest provisions introduced with increases to the age of consent in 1891 did not radically alter prosecution practices of father-daughter rape. While the new law did bring more cases before the courts, persisting cultural attitudes about the character and respectability of working-class girls, the dynamics of families under exaggerated paternal control, and the inviolability of the colonial family home continued to affect patterns of abuse and the regulation of incest in the last decade of the nineteenth century.« [Source: Journal of Australian Studies]

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THESIS: Los actos de violencia sexual contra las mujeres en conflicto de guerra como constitutivos del crimen de genocidio: Análisis del caso Akayesu

Author: Elizabeth Andrea Silva Espina
Title: Los actos de violencia sexual contra las mujeres en conflicto de guerra como constitutivos del crimen de genocidio
Subtitle: Análisis del caso Akayesu
Thesis: Memoria para optar al Grado de Licenciatura de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales, Universidad de Chile
Year: 2013
Pages: 107pp.
Language: Spanish
Full Text: Universidad de Chile [Free Access]

Abstract: »La violación y las distintas formas de agresiones sexuales contra las mujeres adquieren numerosas connotaciones dentro de los conflictos armados, históricamente este tipo de violencia se ha visto íntimamente ligado a la guerra, siendo incluso considerado como una consecuencia inherente e inevitable en dichos conflictos. En el pasado, la violación y las demás formas de violencia sexual contra la mujer no estaban reconocidas ni tipificadas legalmente. Antes de 1990, la violencia sexual en la guerra era muchas veces ignorada, invisibilizada, triviliazada e incluso justificada, un ejemplo claro de esto lo constituye la institucionalización de la esclavitud sexual de las mujeres en el ejército Japonés durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. En contextos bélicos, el cuerpo de las mujeres cobra un significado de botín de guerra y de arma táctica destinada a los más diversos objetivos, tales como, despojar a las mujeres de su dignidad, sembrar el terror en la población, conseguir información, humillar al enemigo e incluso, destruir a un determinado grupo étnico, produciendo efectos sobre las mujeres que van mucho mas allá de fracturas, contusiones, marcas y daños físicos, sino que además dejan plasmadas profundas repercusiones en la salud psíquica de las mujeres, así como en su salud sexual y reproductiva, provocando con ello daños irreparables al interior de las familias y las comunidades. La imagen típica asociada a la guerra, del hombre en el campo de batalla y las mujeres protegidas en sus casas ya no es aplicable a la realidad, los civiles se han convertido en los principales objetivos de las guerras, especialmente debido a las situaciones de vulnerabilidad en que se encuentran. Actualmente se estima que cerca del 90% de las víctimas de guerra son civiles, la mayoría de ellos son mujeres y niños; lo que contrasta con lo que sucedía hace un siglo, cuando dicho porcentaje de personas que fallecían en conflictos bélicos eran precisamente miembros de los ejércitos. Ejemplos terribles que reflejan dicha situación, se han visto claramente expresados en conflictos como la Ex Yugoslavia, Afganistán, Ruanda, actualmente en Irak, entre otros. En los contextos de conflicto armado, la violación sexual cobra una especial significación, el Comité de la Cruz Roja señala que “La violencia sexual se ha empleado contra la mujer y miembros de su familia como una forma de tortura o agresión para obtener información, degradar o intimidar y como castigo por actos real o presuntamente cometidos. También se ha utilizado como medio para llevar a cabo limpiezas étnicas en una zona, amedrentar y obligar a la población de una zona a marcharse del lugar. Las violaciones generalizadas y sistemáticas y los embarazos forzosos, se han usado para destruir la identidad de un grupo étnico. La violencia sexual también se ha ejercido a veces de manera especialmente sádica delante de los miembros de la familia, incluido los niños, o causando lesiones especialmente atroces, como la de cercenar pechos a las víctimas (…) La violación y otras formas de violencia sexual se han considerado muchas veces como un producto secundario de la guerra, o bien como una recompensa para los soldados o los civiles…” A pesar de que la violación de mujeres es una constante histórica en las guerras, esta situación no fue regulada debidamente en el DIH, sino hasta épocas muy recientes, ya que antiguamente la regulación era sumamente escasa, pudiendo encontrarse referencias en antiguos Códigos Militares e Instrumentos de DIH, tal como es el caso del Código de Lieber, que data de 1863 y castiga a los responsables de las violaciones cometidas en el bando enemigo, siendo todos estos instrumentos deficientes. Los genocidios de Ruanda y Yugoslavia cambiaron totalmente las nociones sobre violencia sexual en general y la violación sexual en particular. La Relatora de Naciones Unidas Radhika Coomaraswamy documentó a profundidad la situación en estos países, dentro de las observaciones de sus reportes sobre Ruanda afirma que en el conflicto de 1994, alrededor de 500.000 mujeres fueron torturadas, violadas, mutiladas y masacradas. La violencia sexual cometida a esta escala tan atroz, dejó en claro que las agresiones sexuales en estos casos se utilizaron como una verdadera arma de limpieza étnica, causando conmoción en la Comunidad Internacional. En respuesta a las atrocidades acaecidas en estos territorios se crearon los Tribunales Especiales encargados de juzgar los delitos cometidos en Ruanda y Yugoslavia. El 22 de Febrero de 1993, el Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas, por medio de la Resolución 808, crea el Tribunal Penal Internacional para el procesamiento de las personas responsables de las serias violaciones de Derecho Internacional Humanitario cometidas en el territorio de la antigua República Federativa Socialista de Yugoslavia , de la misma forma, el 8 de Noviembre de 1994, el Consejo, esta vez, por medio de la Resolución 955, creó el Tribunal Penal Internacional para Ruanda , como respuesta al genocidio y las violaciones a Derechos Humanos y al DIH. Se estima que en el genocidio de Ruanda más de 800.000 personas resultaron muertas, hubo más de 2.000.000 de refugiados y más de 200.000 mujeres y niños quedaron viudas y huérfanos. Sólo en 1993 y 1995, con la creación de los Tribunales ad- hoc para el tratamiento de los crímenes de guerra cometidos en la Ex Yugoslavia y Ruanda, la violación y otras formas de agresiones sexuales, aparecen especificadas como delitos de lesa humanidad, haciéndose patente a nivel global la magnitud y severidad de este tipo de violencia La Jurisprudencia del Tribunal Penal Internacional para la ex Yugoslavia y del Tribunal Internacional para Ruanda representa una contribución importantísima para el desarrollo del Derecho Penal Internacional y el Derecho Humanitario en esta materia, ya que los pronunciamientos de estos Tribunales sentaron las bases para los importantísimos precedentes en materia de tipificación y sanción de crímenes sexuales contra las mujeres.« [Source: Universidad de Chile]

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REV: Hearts of Pine: Songs in the Lives of Three Korean Survivors of the Japanese “Comfort Women”

Author: Ruth Mueller
Title: Hearts of Pine: Songs in the Lives of Three Korean Survivors of the Japanese “Comfort Women.” by Joshua D. Pilzer
Journal: Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association
Volume: 70
Issue: 1
Year: September 2013
Pages: 103-104
ISSN: 0027-4380 - eISSN: 1534-150X
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted Access]

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REV: West of Sex: Making Mexican America, 1900-1930

Author: Maria Raquel Casas
Title: Pablo Mitchell. West of Sex: Making Mexican America, 1900–1930. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2012. Pp. xi, 151. $22.50
Journal: The American Historical Review
Volume: 118
Issue: 3
Year: June 2013
Pages: 870-871
ISSN: 0002-8762 - eISSN: 1937-5239
Language: English
Full Text: Oxford Journals [Restricted Access]

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REV: West of Sex: Making Mexican America, 1900-1930

Author: Hans Vought
Title: Pablo Mitchell. West of Sex: Making Mexican America, 1900-1930. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. xi + 151 pages. $67.50 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-226-53268-4; $22.50 (paper), ISBN 978-0-226-53269-1
List: H-SHGAPE
Year: February 2013
Language: English
Full Text: H-Net [Free Access]

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CFP: Thinking Gender

Conference: Thinking Gender 2014: 24th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference
Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date: February 7, 2014
Submission deadline: October 14, 2013
More information: UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Description: »Thinking Gender is a public conference highlighting graduate student research on women, gender and/or sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods, including future ones. We invite submissions for individual papers or pre-constituted panels on any topic pertaining to women, gender, and/or sexuality. This year, we especially welcome feminist research on: privacy, diversity, and/or demographics in the age of big data; appetites (pleasure, food, electronics); gender, sexuality, and the new brain sciences (cognitive sciences, psychobiology); the perils of “post-feminism” (feminism backlash, hypo/hypersexualities, redefining feminist activism); gender, sex, and criminality; pleasure and ethics (media and advertising, sexuality); gendered spaces (spatial theories, urban planning, domesticity); and self-staging in public discourse (reality TV, user forums, “selfies”/self-narration and “autographies”).«

August 18, 2013

ART: Explaining Rape during Civil War: Cross-National Evidence (1980–2009)

Author: Dara Kay Cohen
Title: Explaining Rape during Civil War
Subtitle: Cross-National Evidence (1980–2009)
Journal: American Political Science Review
Volume: 107
Issue: 3
Year: August 2013
Pages: 461-477
ISSN: 0003-0554 - eISSN: 1537-5943
Language: English
Full Text: Cambridge Journals [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Why do some armed groups commit massive wartime rape, whereas others never do? Using an original dataset, I describe the substantial variation in rape by armed actors during recent civil wars and test a series of competing causal explanations. I find evidence that the recruitment mechanism is associated with the occurrence of wartime rape. Specifically, the findings support an argument about wartime rape as a method of socialization, in which armed groups that recruit by force—through abduction or pressganging—use rape to create unit cohesion. State weakness and insurgent contraband funding are also associated with increased wartime rape by rebel groups. I examine observable implications of the argument in a brief case study of the Sierra Leone civil war. The results challenge common explanations for wartime rape, with important implications for scholars and policy makers.« [Source: American Political Science Review]

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ART: Conflicts over Gender in Civic Courts

Author: Carol Lansing
Title: Conflicts over Gender in Civic Courts
Subtitle: -
In: The Oxford Handbook of Women & Gender in Medieval Europe
Edited by: Judith M. Bennett and Ruth Mazo Karras
Place: Oxford
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2013
Pages: 118-132
ISBN-13: 9780199582174
Language: English
Full Text: Oxford Handbooks Online [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Civic court records are a rare source for medieval social experience and attitudes, including low-status people who do not appear in most records. Because the requirements for proof in Roman law included fama, reputation, and status, witnesses in court discussed and at times differed over which aspects of a person’s behavior determined their honesty and respectability. This could become an implicit debate over gender expectations. Can a concubine be considered an honest woman? The article explores a 1295 case in which a wealthy politician was charged with the rape of a woman who lived as a concubine. The case hinged on the complex medieval legal understandings of rape. It is also a vivid example of a power struggle waged in and out of the court, involving both bribery and judicial torture. Ultimately, it reveals how class and gender expectations for men and women influenced the court process.« [Source: Oxford Handbooks Online]

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ART: Women who kill men: Gender, agency and subversion in Swedish crime novels

Author: Tiina Mäntymäki
Title: Women who kill men
Subtitle: Gender, agency and subversion in Swedish crime novels
Journal: European Journal of Women's Studies
Volume: In press
Year: Published online August 8, 2013
Pages: 14 pages
ISSN: 1350-5068 - eISSN: 1461-7420
Language: English
Full Text: SAGE Journals [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »The article discusses how women murderers embedded in the victim-turned-avenger narrative function as vehicles of social criticism in three contemporary Swedish crime novels, Henning Mankell’s The Fifth Woman, Håkan Nesser’s Woman with Birthmark and Fredrik Ekelund’s Nina och sundet [Nina and the Strait]. The murderers’ performances of murder, based on parody and irony, question masculinity and its institutionalized practices. By rendering vulnerable the discourse of hegemonic masculinity, these performances prove their subversiveness and critical potential. At the same time they renew the crime fiction genre and particularly the feminist crime novel in which female agency is identical with the agency of the detective.« [Source: European Journal of Women's Studies]

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ART: ‘Good enough for a spot of lippy anyway’: Rape and the Body Politic in My Brother Tom

Author: Louise Wilks
Title: ‘Good enough for a spot of lippy anyway’
Subtitle: Rape and the Body Politic in My Brother Tom
Journal: Journal of British Cinema and Television
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Year: April 2013
Pages: 358-373
ISSN: 1743-4521 - eISSN: 17553-1714
Language: English
Full Text: Edinburgh University Press [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »The representation of rape continues to be one of the most highly charged issues in contemporary cinema, and whilst many discussions of this topic focus on Hollywood movies, sexual violation is also a pervasive topic in British cinema. This article examines the portrayal of a female's rape in the British feature My Brother Tom (2001), a powerful and often troubling text in which the sexual violation of the teenage female protagonist functions as a catalyst for the events that comprise the plot, as is often the case in rape narratives. The article provides an overview of some of the key feminist academic discussions and debates that cinematic depictions of rape have prompted, before closely analysing My Brother Tom's rape scene in relation to such discourses. The article argues that the rape scene is neither explicit nor sensationalised, and that by having the camera focus on Jessica's bewildered reactions, it positions the audience with her, and powerfully but discreetly portrays the grave nature of sexual abuse. The article then moves on to examine the portrayal of sexual violation in My Brother Tom as a whole, considering the cultural inscriptions etched on the female body within its account of rape, before concluding with a discussion of the film's depiction of Jessica's ensuing methods of bodily self-inscription as she attempts to disassociate her body from its sexual violation.« [Source: Journal of British Cinema and Television]

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THESIS: Erfahrungen von Frauen in Konzentrationslagern anhand ausgesuchter Autobiografien: Alltag, Überlebensstrategien und geschlechtsspezifische Besonderheiten weiblicher Lagerinsassen

Author: Florian Rübener
Title: Erfahrungen von Frauen in Konzentrationslagern anhand ausgesuchter Autobiografien
Subtitle: Alltag, Überlebensstrategien und geschlechtsspezifische Besonderheiten weiblicher Lagerinsassen
Thesis: Magisterarbeit, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Year: 2013
Pages: 103pp.
Language: German
Full Text: GRIN [Limited Preview]

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LECT: Redefining Rape - Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation

Lecturer: Estelle Freedman
Title: Redefining Rape
Subtitle: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation
Place: Eugene Lang CollegeNew York, NY, United States
Date: September 11, 2013
More information: The New School

Description:
»In Redefining Rape, Professor Estelle Freedman of Stanford University explores not only the ways in which rape has defined citizenship throughout American history but also how aspiring citizens have tried, repeatedly, to redefine rape. Long before second-wave feminists adopted an anti-rape platform, generations of women’s rights and racial-justice advocates rejected the narrow understanding of rape as a brutal attack on a chaste, unmarried, white woman by a stranger, often depicted as a black man.
Freedman shows how these critiques exposed the ways that white men's freedom to be sexually coercive or violent lay at the heart of their political power. The modern civil rights and feminist movements, she points out, continue to grapple with both the insights and the dilemmas of these first campaigns to redefine rape in American law and culture.«

CFP: Women in American History

Book: Women in American History: An Encyclopedia
Editors: Rosanne Welch and Peg Lamphier
Submission deadline: unknown
More information: H-Net Announcements

Description: »ABC-CLIO is seeking scholars to write entries for a new four-volume Woman in American History: An Encyclopedia. Entries will range between 750 and 1500 words and may include a related primary document. Compensation will vary according to article length. The more than 700 entries vary from Abigail Adams to the Ziegfeld Follies, inclusive of social reform movements, popular culture, art, science, law and more.«

CFP: War, Memory, and Gender

Conference: War, Memory, and Gender: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Place: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Date: March 27-29, 2014
Submission deadline for proposals: October 15, 2013
More information: H-Net Announcements

Description:
»The past several decades have seen an explosion of scholarly interest in the subject of war and gender. At the same time, the study of collective or cultural memory, especially in connection with armed conflict, has become a veritable cottage industry. This conference seeks to bring these two areas of intensive study into dialogue with each other, exploring the complex ways in which gender shapes war memory and war memory shapes gender. ...
Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
Remembering male and/or female bodies at war
War propaganda and gender
Women and forgotten conflicts
Gender, Race, and War
Women of color and war memory
Sexuality and War
Restoring women to the so-called Greatest Generation
Women and veterans’ organizations
The Vietnam War and the crisis of American masculinity
Remembering women combatants
Women as custodians of war memory
War, gender, and grief
Gender, war, and modernism(s)
Male and female war films
Women writers, male war stories
Medicine, war, and gender
LGBTQ memories of war
Trauma and gendered memory
Women artists/architects and public war memorials
Gender and military video games
Gender and historical writing about war
Gender and war reenactment«.

CFP: Sexuality, Human Rights and Public Policy

Conference: 3rd International Conference of the Transatlantic Research Group in collaboration with the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and Women and Gender Studies Program, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Place: Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Date: April 23-24, 2014
Submission deadline for abstracts: October 25, 2013
More information: H-Net Announcements

Description:
»This conference draws on a broad range of academic fields—including anthropology, sociology, political philosophy, history, political science, and cultural studies—to investigate the dynamics of public policy, human rights, and sexuality as they relate to inclusion and exclusion globally. Participants will engage an array of questions: How is public policy shaping the conceptualization of sexuality and rights and by extension phenomena of inclusion and exclusion in contemporary society? How is public discourse employed to re-inscribe differences of gender, sexuality, and rights? How do these processes and dynamics resemble each other or differ in the Western and non-Western societies. ...
Panels, papers, creative presentations, and roundtables that employ diverse, interdisciplinary and inter-generational perspectives are especially welcome in these areas:
Public policy, Law and Sexuality
Human body, Gender and Sexuality
Culture, Identity and Sexuality
Religion, Culture, and Sexuality
Christianity and Sexuality
Islam and Sexuality
Social Media and Sexuality
Sexual Orientation, Sexual/Gender Identity
Sexuality and Reproductive Rights
Human Body and Cultural Meanings
Human body, Stereotypes and Sexualities
Homosexuality, Homophobia, and Violence
The Female Body and Gender-based Violence
Heterosexuality and “Other” Sexuality«.

August 11, 2013

ART: The Vanished Bloom: The Story of Korean Comfort Women

Author: Jeongwon Choi
Title: The Vanished Bloom
Subtitle: The Story of Korean Comfort Women
Journal: International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention
Volume: 2
Issue: 7
Year: July 2013
Pages: 26-28
ISSN: 2319-7714 - eISSN: 2319-7722
Language: English
Full Text: International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention [Free Access]

Abstract: »The Comfort Women issue has been unsolved, leading intense conflict between surviving comfort women and Japanese government. Now, the global community also intervenes comfort women issue, asking Japanese government to offer proper history education to prevent psychological violence to the victims. I would like to mention historical background of comfort women issue, contending how the same historical issue is interpreted differently according to the different cultural expectations, which provides new form of psychological violence upon the victims by misguided education system of Japan that defends Japanese own value over Korean values«. [Source: International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention]

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ART: Comfort Women

Author: Justin Corfield
Title: Comfort Women
Subtitle: -
In: Historical Dictionary of Pyongyang
By: Justin Corfield
Place: London and New York
Publisher: Anthem Press
Year: 2013
Pages: 39-40
ISBN-10: 0857282344 (hbk.) - ISBN-13: 9780857282347 (hbk.)
Language: English
Full Text: Google Books [Limited Preview]

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ART: Memory of an Injustice: The “Comfort Women” and the Legacy of the Tokyo Trial

Author: Nicola Henry
Title: Memory of an Injustice
Subtitle: The “Comfort Women” and the Legacy of the Tokyo Trial
Journal: Asian Studies Review
Volume: 37
Issue: 3
Year: 2013
Pages: 362-380
ISSN: 1035-7823 - eISSN: 1467-8403
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted Access]

Abstract:
»International criminal prosecutions for serious violations of human rights are not only connected to a collective consciousness about the past; they also shape contemporary memory contestation. The International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE or Tokyo Tribunal) was established in 1946 to try Japanese defendants for war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace. Part of the legacy of the Tokyo Trial is the debate that has ensued over the collective memory of injustice, including critiques of “victor’s justice”, as well as the failure of the Tribunal to adequately prosecute crimes such as the vivisection of prisoners, biological warfare and the systematic sexual enslavement of the so-called “comfort women”.
In this article, I argue that the proceedings and judgment of the Tokyo Trial have been frequently deployed to both confirm and deny the plight of the comfort women, particularly among revisionists and victim advocates The article illustrates not only the power of law to dictate how and what past events will be remembered, but also the transformative power of law as a site of memory contestation. As such, I argue that the “selective memory” of historical war crimes trials can be both an injustice and a collective memory of the past. Such legal memory is not stable and settled, but shifts and changes shape over the passage of time.« [Source: Asian Studies Review]

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ART: The Task of an Activist: “Imagined Communities” and the “Comfort Women” Campaigns in Australia

Author: Anna Song
Title: The Task of an Activist
Subtitle: “Imagined Communities” and the “Comfort Women” Campaigns in Australia
Journal: Asian Studies Review
Volume: 37
Issue: 3
Year: 2013
Pages: 381-395
ISSN: 1035-7823 - eISSN: 1467-8403
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »From 2006 to 2010, I was an activist who organised grassroots campaigns about the so-called “comfort women” in Australia. During the course of these campaigns, this issue was framed in different ways by the Asian diaspora and feminist communities who supported the cause. Beginning with the premise that the human rights activist community is not harmonious or homogenous, nor is it organically formed, I ask the question: what is the task of an activist when faced with diverse and disconnected sources of support for our shared cause? I draw on adaptations of the concept of “imagined community” (Anderson, 1983, p. 7) by Ien Ang and Chandra Talpade Mohanty to discuss this question. I conclude that an activist must not be guided by an emotive and broad sense of “justice” alone. Rather, his or her key task is to seek localised and interdisciplinary knowledge and identity from the particular location of activism in order to mediate between the different “frames of meaning” in diverse communities.« [Source: Asian Studies Review]

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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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ART: Women, violent crime and criminal justice in Georgian Wales

Author: Katherine D. Watson
Title: Women, violent crime and criminal justice in Georgian Wales
Subtitle: -
Journal: Continuity and Change: A Journal of Social Structure, Law and Demography in Past Societies
Volume: 28
Issue: 2
Year: August 2013
Pages: 245-272
ISSN: 0268-4160 - eISSN: 1469-218X
Language: English
Full Text: Cambridge Journals Online [Free Access]

Abstract: »This article examines encounters of women with the criminal justice system in Wales during the century before the Courts of Great Sessions were abolished in 1830. Drawing on evidence from cases of sexual assault and homicide, it argues that women who killed were rarely convicted or punished harshly. A gendered discretion of sorts also acted against rape victims, as trials never resulted in conviction. Using violence as a lens, the paper reveals a distinctively Welsh approach to criminal justice, and offers quantitative evidence on which further comparative studies of the history of law and crime in England and Wales may be based.« [Source: Continuity and Change]

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REV: Force or Fraud: British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660–1760

Reviewer: Faramerz Dabhoiwala
Title: Force or Fraud: British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660–1760 by Toni Bowers (Oxford: Oxford U.P., 2011; pp. xvi + 365. £60)
Journal: The English Historical Review
Volume: 128
Issue: 530
Year: February 2013
Pages: 161-162
ISSN: 0013-8266 - eISSN: 1477-4534
Language: English
Full Text: Oxford Journals [Restricted Access]

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REV: Force or Fraud: British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660–1760

Reviewer: Mary Ann O’Donnell
Title: Toni Bowers. Force or Fraud: British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660–1760. Oxford: Oxford, 2011. Pp. xvi + 365. $110
Journal: The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats
Volume: 45
Issue: 2
Year: Spring 2013
Pages: 262-264
ISSN: 0190-731X - eISSN: 2165-0624
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted Access]

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REV: Gender and Labour in Korea and Japan: Sexing Class

Reviewer: Maho Toyoda
Title: Ruth Barraclough and Elyssa Faison (eds.). Gender and Labour in Korea and Japan: Sexing Class. London: Routledge, 2009. 160 pp. US$44.95, paper
Journal: Asian Studies Review
Volume: 37
Issue: 3
Year: 2013
Pages: 396-397
ISSN: 1035-7823 - eISSN: 1467-8403
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted Access]

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REV: The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution

Reviewer: Tamara Chaplin
Title: The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution. By Faramerz Dabhoiwala (New York, Oxford University Press, 2012) 496 pp. $34.95 cloth £10.99 paper (British Penguin edition only)
Journal: The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Volume: 44
Issue: 2
Year: Autumn 2013
Year: 2013
Pages: 259-261
ISSN: 0022-1953 - eISSN: 1530-9169
Language: English
Full Text: MIT Press Journals [Restricted Access]

REV: Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History

Reviewer: Marie Jenkins Schwartz
Title: Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History. By Gregory D. Smithers (Gainesville, University Press of Florida, 2012) 257pp. $74.95
Journal: The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Volume: 44
Issue: 2
Year: Autumn 2013
Pages: 277-278
ISSN: 0022-1953 - eISSN: 1530-9169
Language: English
Full Text: MIT Press Journals [Restricted Access]

RADIO: Child sex abuse in a Jewish community

Title: Child sex abuse in a Jewish community
Program: The Spirit of Things
Channel: ABC Radio National
Date: August 4, 2013
Duration: 53:50 min.
Language: English
Podcast: ABC Radio National

Description: »The Waks family with their 17 children lived across from the Yeshiva, or religious school, in Melbourne's tight-knit Hasidic Jewish community. When the oldest boy, Manny, was sexually molested by two teachers, the impact on his faith, his family and the community was devastating.«

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CFP: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Popular/American Culture

Conference: 35st Annual Meeting of the Southwest Popular / American Culture Association
Place: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Date: February 19-22, 2014
Submission deadline for proposals: November 1, 2013
More information: Southwest Popular / American Culture Association

Description:
»Proposals are welcomed from graduate students as well as established scholars for individual presentations, panels, or roundtable discussions on any aspect of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Popular/American Culture . Topics which address the conference theme of “Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” are especially invited. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Television, Film, & Fictional Depictions of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
• Western & Non-Western Queer Identities
• Polyamorous /Polyandrous, GQ, and/or Transsexual Subjectivities
• Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Folk Culture, Art, History
• Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Politics, Business, or Industry«.

August 4, 2013

ART: Violences sexuelles des mineurs en France: Comment les médecins peuvent devenir des interlocuteurs privilégiés des victimes?

Author: M.-L. Gamet
Title: Violences sexuelles des mineurs en Franc
Subtitle: Comment les médecins peuvent devenir des interlocuteurs privilégiés des victimes?
Journal: Sexologies
Volume: In press
Year: Available online July 25, 2013
Pages:
ISSN: 1158-1360
Language: French
Full Text: ScienceDirect [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »The author of this paper has been a sexologist practitioner in France in the Cellule Départementale d’Accompagnement du Développement de la Sexualité (CDADS) — the local agency for support in the development of sexuality; the public body in charge of medical and social protection of the population at local level within the General Council of the Marne department of France. Within this framework, between 2002 and 2012, the management of minors or adult victims of sexual abuse revealed that medical practitioners are not the first point of contact for victims of sexual abuse. Research published in 2010 showed that the average time taken by victims to report their abuse was 16 years. The aim of this article is to show that medical practitioners can be in the frontline for screening and enabling early management of such cases. The methodology consists firstly in raising awareness of the severe consequences of such abuse at a medical, psychological, social and sexual level for adults and minors who are victims, based on data from the literature and the observations of the author in trying to understand the primary role of medical practitioners in the screening process. The second half of the article presents what the author believes are obstacles to awareness of this problem; the social image of sexual abuse of minors throughout the 20th century has not facilitated its recognition as such; in addition to lack of education about the development of sexuality. The third part establishes a link between the concept of sexual health, cognitive, social and biological approaches and the development of sexuality in order to understand the impact of sexual abuse on the sexual and overall development of minors, and raise awareness of screening for problems of sex abuse. The experience of the CDADS is a practical illustration of how the training of doctors and other health practitioners at this theoretical level is able to increase the victims’ access to care. The conclusion insists upon the relevance of the approach adopted by the CDADS within the context of the current situation. At a time when problematic sexual behaviour is rising amongst minors, this approach offers the possibility of early identification of underlying sexual abuse in order to offer an appropriate response.« {Source: Sexologies]

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ART: The Rape of Jewish Women and Girls during the First Phase of the Romanian Offensive in the East, July 1941: A Research Agenda and Preliminary Findings

Author: Simon Geissbühler
Title: The Rape of Jewish Women and Girls during the First Phase of the Romanian Offensive in the East, July 1941
Subtitle: A Research Agenda and Preliminary Findings
Journal: Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History
Volume: 19
Issue: 1
Year: Summer 2013
Pages: 59-80
ISSN: 1359-1371 - eISSN: 2048-4887
Language: English
Full Text: Vallentine-Mitchell [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »While several studies of the sexual violence perpetrated by the Wehrmacht in the East have been published in recent years, the violent sexual behaviour of Romanian troops during the Second World War has not yet been systematically examined. This essay outlines a research agenda and several theses on the topic and presents some preliminary findings. The sources analysed, mainly survivors’ testimonies, suggest that the rape of Jewish women and girls by Romanian soldiers was widespread and more common than rape by Wehrmacht soldiers. The notion that the rape of a Jewish victim constituted Rassenschande did not exist among Romanian soldiers. It is assumed that the lenient, at times even encouraging stance of the Romanian military leadership - or at least of many officers in the field - regarding the rape of Jewish women and girls led to more instances of such violent crimes. The Romanian troops’ plundering raids and their less rigorous chains of command provided the framework for the abuse of the Jewish civilian population in general and for rape in particular.« [Source: Holocaust Studies]

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ART: Human Rights, Memory and Reconciliation: Korea-Japan Relations

Author: Mikyoung Kim
Title: Human Rights, Memory and Reconciliation
Subtitle: Korea-Japan Relations
Journal: The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
Volume: 11
Issue: 10
Year: March 11, 2013
Pages: -
ISSN: 1557-4660
Language: English
Full Text: Japan Focus [Free Access]

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ART: Rape and Rape Mythology in the Plays of Sarah Kane

Author: Ian Ward
Title: Rape and Rape Mythology in the Plays of Sarah Kane
Subtitle: -
Journal: Comparative Drama
Volume: 47
Issue: 2
Year: Summer 2013
Pages: 225-248
ISSN: 0010-4078
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted Access]

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THESIS: Clotilde Graves: Journalist, Dramatist and Novelist. Writing to Survive in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century

Author: Jenny Bloodworth
Title: Clotilde Graves: Journalist, Dramatist and Novelist
Subtitle: Writing to Survive in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century
Thesis: Ph.D. Thesis, University of Leicester
Year: 2012
Pages: 306pp.
Language: English
Full Text: Leicester Research Archive [Free Access]

Abstract:
Katherine Newey, in her study of nineteenth century female playwrights, has written of those, ‘who routinely worked for money, in theatres where the takings were as important as aesthetic achievement or legitimacy’. While Joanne Shattock, in a study of women authors, acknowledges that earnings were the key to a woman’s professionalism.
With her short hair, masculine style of dress and her penchant for cigarettes, Clotilde Graves (1863-1932) epitomised the vigorous New Woman of the fin de siècle. Drawing on previously unused material from Graves’s case file, held in the Royal Literary Fund Archive, this thesis charts her progress as a writer to explore both the motivational force of economics on her literary career, and its impact on her various discourses as a journalist, playwright and novelist.
The study, divided into three sections, explores a number of key themes including: sexual abuse, marriage, the fallen woman, and the maternal ideal, to assess Graves’s development as both a writer and an advocate of social purity feminism. The thesis exposes the precarious nature of the writer’s profession, especially for a woman, and reveals the demands on Graves to balance personal beliefs against the immediate need to earn a living. Though she died penniless her extensive output included innumerable articles, twenty plays, nine compilations of short stories, and fifteen novels.
The thesis appraises Graves’s adoption of male aliases and her employment of autobiographical material, which is contextualised against the production of her most popular novel, The Dop Doctor. This work shows that compromise was often a prerequisite and confirms that commerciality did not necessarily translate into financial achievement, nor did it provide economic security. This recovery of a forgotten female writer, of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, contributes to the growing body of work in this field.« [Source: Leicester Research Archive]

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THESIS: Dangerous Feminine Sexuality: Biblical Metaphors and Sexual Violence Against Women

Author: Lisa Marie Ewing
Title: Dangerous Feminine Sexuality
Subtitle: Biblical Metaphors and Sexual Violence Against Women
Thesis: Master of Humanities Thesis, Wright State University
Year: 2013
Pages: vi + 113pp.
Language: English
Full Text: OhioLINK [Free Access]

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THESIS: Making Myth Matter: Interrogating Narrative and Reconstructing Metanarrative in Classical Myth Adaption

Author: Erin Zimmerman
Title: Making Myth Matter
Subtitle: Interrogating Narrative and Reconstructing Metanarrative in Classical Myth Adaption
Thesis: Ph.D. Thesis, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Year: 2013
Pages:
Language: English
Full Text: OpenSIUC [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Making Myth Matter analyzes the influence of classical myths and their adaptations on cultural values and offers a prescription for how the adaptation process may be improved for cultural sensitivity. My concern is to address the troubling treatment and interpretation of acquaintance rape in three Greek myths: Cassandra, Persephone, and Philomela. I see the treatment of the rape in these myths' adaptations from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Timberlake Wertenbaker and Joanna Laurens as creating metanarratives that shame rape survivors and demean the violence of the rape act. I begin the scholarly portion of the dissertation by examining the difference between narrative: the events of a story, and metanarrative: the discursive function of the story. I address the contemporary Western understanding of rape and survivors' experiences, which reflect how influential metanarratives are in survivors' healing process. I further explain the care that is necessary in adapting myths involving rape because of those myths' strong influence on attitudes cultural attitudes about rape. I analyze the variety of adaptations of the three myths and how disempowering most have been. I use Neil LaBute's bash as an example of care in adaptation being a play that asks questions of the audience but does not provide answers. I see LaBute as engaging the tradition of catharsis without offering its comforting closure, creating a contemporary response to classical work that engages the values of the culture to which it is addressed. I finally provide a set of terms I believe necessary to follow in order to create considered adaptations. In my creative response, which forms the second half of the dissertation, I adapt the myths of Cassandra, Persephone, and Philomela to create metanarratives that empower survivors and engage cultural prejudices against them and their experiences. Through the writing process, I find my own understanding of the survivor experience challenged and explore the idea of adaptation an action of catharsis in itself.« [Source: OpenSIUC]

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REV: Stolen Women in Medieval England: Rape, Abduction, and Adultery, 1100–1500

Author: Helen Graham-Matheson
Title: Caroline Dunn, Stolen Women in Medieval England: Rape, Abduction, and Adultery, 1100–1500 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. xi + 261. ISBN 978 1107017009
Journal: Gender & History
Volume: 25
Issue 2
Year: August 2013
Pages: 377–379
eISSN: 1468-0424
Language: English
Full Text: Wiley Online Library [Restricted Access]

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