June 8, 2016

Reading Rape in Literature and Law

An old but still relevant essay: Michael Wood discusses rape in literature in this review for the London Review of Books (subscription required). Books he considers:

Ian Donaldson, The Rapes of Lucretia: A Myth and Its Transformation (Oxford 1982)
Terry Eagleton, The Rape of Clarissa (Oxford, 1982)
Carol Houlihan Flynn, Samuel Richardson: A Man of Letters (Princeton University Press, 1982).

A selected bibliography on the subject below.

Feminism, Literature, and Rape Narratives: Violence and Violation (Sorcha Gunne and Zoe Bridgely Thomson, eds.; Routledge, 2010).

Kathryn Gravdal, Ravishing Maidens: Writing Rape in Medieval French Literature and Law (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991).

Corinne Saunders, Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England (D. S. Brewer, 2001).

Sabine Sielke, Reading Rape: The Rhetoric of Sexual Violence in American Literature and Culture, 1790-1990 (Princeton University Press, 2002).

Kathleen Wall, The Callisto Myth from Ovid to Atwood: Initiation and Rape in Literature (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1988).

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