Feminism, Literature and Rape Narratives: Violence and by Sorcha Gunne, Zoe Brigley Thompson

By Sorcha Gunne, Zoe Brigley Thompson

The essays during this quantity speak about narrative suggestions hired via foreign writers whilst facing rape and sexual violence, even if in fiction, poetry, memoir, or drama. In constructing those new feminist readings of rape narratives, the members goal to include arguments approximately trauma and resistance in an effort to identify new dimensions of therapeutic. This e-book makes a necessary contribution to the fields of literary experiences and feminism, due to the fact that whereas different volumes have fascinated about retroactive portrayals of rape in literature, thus far none has concentrated solely at the subversive paintings that's being performed to retheorize sexual violence.
Split into 4 sections, the quantity considers sexual violence from a couple of assorted angles. 'Subverting the Story' considers how the characters of the sufferer and rapist can be subverted in narratives of sexual violence. In 'Metaphors for Resistance,' the essays discover how writers process the topic of rape obliquely utilizing metaphors to symbolize their ache and soreness. the talk of no longer conversing approximately sexual violence is the point of interest of 'The Protest of Silence,' whereas 'The query of the Visual' considers the issues of constructing sexual violence obvious within the poetic photo, in movie and on level. those 4 sections hide a powerful variety of global writing such as curriculum staples like Toni Morrison, Sarah Kane, Sandra Cisneros, Yvonne Vera, and Sharon Olds.

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Ferguson 1989: 97) Introduction 11 Ferguson emphasizes that on departing from the rape script of master and victim, the witness can no longer present a ‘convincing’ truth because it is only her powerlessness and lack of autonomy that can make her story believable. Ferguson suggests though that the rise of modern literature in the shape of the novel has allowed for more subversive possibilities for rape narratives. Comparing Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa with Ovid’s story of Philomela in Metamorphoses, she suggests that the psychological novel might be subversive ‘because it insists upon the importance of psychology as the ongoing possibility of the contradiction between what one must mean and what one wants to mean’ (109).

Trauma is thus both highlighted and repressed in the passage, while Xuela ‘refuses to naturalize her oppression by acquiescing in the role of object’ (Cobham 2002: 878). Yet the sense of loss, trauma and ‘inevitable’ violation is no less intense and palpable for being mediated both descriptively and stylistically. In thus complicating the ways in which the legacies of colonial domination operate at the level of gender and class relations in her novel, Kincaid anticipates the unorthodox representation of sexual violence in the younger generation of Caribbean American women’s fiction.

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