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.

June 6, 2010

ART: Stephen Robertson. "Shifting the scene of the crime: sodomy and the American history of sexual violence."

In: Journal of the history of sexuality 19(2) (May, 2010): 223-242.

Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted access.]

ART: Sally E. McWilliams. "Intervening in trauma: bodies, violence, and interpretive possibilities in Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue."

In: Tulsa studies in women's literature 28(1) (Spring, 2009): 141-163.

Abstract: "This essay examines the literary representation of the overlap between event and insidious traumas in Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue, while gesturing towards the larger implications that such linkages create for the politics of reading diasporic Chinese women's literature. it argues that Breaking the Tongue refines and resituates the array of affective and objective responses to traumatic situations by using three specific narrative techniques: nonlinear narrative structure; shifting points of view; and cross-linguistic testifying as technologies of memory. These techniques disrupt any superficial rendering of physical suffering and deconstruct our positions of safety when reading about traumatic experiences. This analysis demonstrates how Loh's novel produces a powerful feminist intervention into the politics of trauma, its representations, and the production of cultural memory and identity. We are positioned within the language and bodies of trauma to better understand the potential for survival where there is lack, the possibility of healing where there is violence, and the creative energy for change where there is destruction." [Source: Tulsa studies in women's literature.]

Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted access.]

ART: Bethany Packard. "Lavinia as coauthor of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus."

In: SEL: studies in English literature 1500-1900 50(2) (Spring, 2010): 281-300.

Abstract: "This article stresses the collaborative circumstances of Lavinia's production in order to identify the character's particular disruptive and creative agency within Titus Andronicus. Lavinia functions as a coauthor, intervening in and utilizing Rome's abundant tales. Shakespeare's character does not reiterate the Lucretian stories of suicide and sacrifice that fill the play. Rape does not abject her, but rather forcibly removes her from Titus's tale of purity. Through her survival, Lavinia makes the collapsing narrative strategies of the Andronici and the Goths impossible to ignore. She serves to incorporate others in a collaborative tale that highlights the play's inherently hybrid narratives." [Source: SEL.]

Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted access.]

ART: Sarah Deer. "Decolonizing rape law: a native feminist synthesis of safety and sovereignty."

In: Wicazo Sa review 24(2) (Fall, 2009): 149-167.

Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted access.]

ART: Fabienne Giuliani. "Monsters in the village?: incest in nineteenth century France."

In: Journal of social history 42(4) (Summer, 2009): 919-932.

Abstract: "This essay examines the understanding of the incest by the rural community and the judicial system in the nineteenth century France. Traditionally presented as the taboo of mankind and likened to monstrosity and horror, incest is prone to several glances and attitudes within the promiscuity of the French villages. Thus, this analysis intends to understand the behavior towards the crime, but also the opinion that surrounded it in the distant villages of France. Based on an analysis of 163 trials and the expert literature on the incest, this paper explores the complex attitudes of the family, the neighborhood and the magistrates during an incest case. Far from the image of the taboo, incest is an ordinary crime. These cases tell us the story of an ordinary rural community: the feeling of protection, the fear of change that transcends the crime's construction. Undoubtedly, incest is a crime in nineteenth century France, but, until the 1880s, it didn't appear like a strong prohibition or a taboo." [Source: Journal of social history.]

Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted access.]

ART: Jessica Burke. "Significant silence in Elena Garro's Los perros."

In: Hispania 93(1) (March, 2010): 23-28.

Abstract: "Elena Garro's one-act play Los perros (1958) confronts the difficult issue of sexual violence in rural Mexico, a problem that persists today. The characters struggle with the social reality of rape, alluding to the threat of sexual violence while avoiding addressing it directly. While words are granted an almost magical power in Los perros, the various silences present are of great symbolic significance, at times becoming more significant than the words spoken. Silence speaks; and the discursive importance of silence in this powerful piece of theater is central to its message, signifying the inability to capture the physical horror of rape through language while simultaneously underscoring the importance of opening a public dialogue about sexual violence in Mexico. This paper explores the depths of the silences present in Los perros—their significance, their suggestiveness, their origins and their discursive power." [Source: Hispania.]

Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted access.]

ART: Diana Fritz Cates. "Experiental narratives of rape and torture."

In: Journal of religious ethics 38(1) (March, 2010): 43-66.

Abstract: "Many Guatemalan women suffered extreme sexual violence during the latter half of the twentieth century. Learning of this violence can evoke hatred in persons who love and respect women—hatred for the men who perpetrated the violence and also for other men around the world who victimize women in this way. Hatred is a common response to a perceived evil, and it might in some cases be a fitting response, but it is important to subject one's emotions to critical moral reflection. A key task of ethics is to encourage persons to cultivate good habits of being moved. This essay analyzes the way in which two different texts manage, through the skillful presentation of experiential narratives, to help readers acknowledge the hatred they might feel, but also to think twice about the hatred to which they consent." [Source: Journal of religious ethics.]

Full Text: Wiley InterScience. [Restricted access.]

ART: Jelke Boesten. "Analyzing rape regimes at the interface of war and peace in Peru."

In: International journal of transitional justice 4(1) (March, 2010): 110-129.

Abstract: "Using the political conflict in Peru as a case study, the author argues that the thesis that rape is a weapon of war obscures other rape regimes during political conflict. These include rape as consumption, opportunistic rape, rape by neighbors or family members, forced prostitution and rape in the aftermath of war. Neglect of forms of sexual violence that do not fit the rape-as-a-weapon-of-war script seriously impedes the transformative potential of processes of transitional justice, as it allows for the continuation of (sexual) violence against women that perpetuates hierarchies based on gender, race and class." [Source: International journal of transitional justice.]

Full Text: Oxford University Press. [Restricted access.]

ART: Allison Berg. "Trauma and testimony in black women's civil rights memoirs."

"The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It, Warriors Don't Cry, and From the Mississippi Delta." In: Journal of women's history 21(3) (Fall, 2009): 84-107.

Abstract: "This article focuses on three memoirs of the civil rights movement published roughly thirty years after the events described. Unlike feminist biography, on the one hand, and oral history, on the other hand, self-initiated accounts allow us to examine the range of narrative strategies chosen by black, female participant-witnesses to describe traumatic aspects of a movement that exposed them to varying degrees of physical, psychological, and sexual violence. I argue that memoirs by Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, Melba Pattillo Beals, and Endesha Ida Mae Holland are significant not only because they situate familiar movement milestones within the intimate context of "ordinary" women's lives, but also because they challenge the disembodied and triumphal story of the civil rights movement that has dominated American popular memory. As rich repositories of source material and as histories in their own right, these memoirs and others like them deserve considerably more scholarly attention." [Source: Journal of women's history.]

Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted access.]

BOOK: Das Sichtbare und das Unsichtbare. Zur holländischen Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts

Author: Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat
Title: Das Sichtbare und das Unsichtbare
Subtitle: Zur holländischen Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts
Place: Cologne, Weimar, and Vienna
Publisher: Böhlau Verlag
Year: 2010
Pages: 339pp.
Language: German
More information: History of Rape: A Bibliography

(Update: October 18, 2014)

RADIO: Pädophilie und Pädagogik: zur Geschichte des sexuellen Missbrauchs.

Deutschlandfunk, Kulturfragen, March 14, 2010. (ca. 23 min.)

Description: "Dagmar Herzog im Gespräch mit Karin Fischer."

Link: Deutschlandfunk.

RADIO: Knabenliebe in Platons Schriften

DRadio Wissen, May 5, 2010. (ca. 10 min.)

Description: "Philosophische und körperliche Aspekte des sogenannten "Pädagogischen Eros".
Der Begriff "Pädagogischer Eros" taucht im Zusammenhang mit den unterschiedlichsten Missbrauchsvorwürfen auf, immer mit Verweis auf Platon. Was genau der Begriff bedeutet, ob er überhaupt ein platonischer Begriff ist, bleibt meistens ungeklärt.
Im "Gastmahl" erläutert Platon jedenfalls die Legitimation für die Beziehung zwischen Lehrer und Schüler als pädagogisches Prinzip: Der Jüngling gibt sich dem Älteren hin und erhält im Gegenzug die Unterweisung ins männlich-tugendhafte Leben.
Von gleichberechtigten Partnern wie in einer gesunden Beziehung kann aber nicht die Rede sein. Für die Beziehung war es wesentlich, dass sie asymmetrisch sein musste: Der junge Mann durfte keine erotische Begierde für seinen älteren Liebhaber verspüren.
Jonathan Beere ist Juniorprofessor für antike Philosophie an der HU Berlin. Im Gespräch mit DRadio Wissen klärt er über die Knabenliebe auf."

Link: DRadio Wissen.

CFP: Rape in Crime Fiction - Scandinavian

"Following our recent call for papers for our collection Rape in Crime Fiction, we are looking for chapters on any of the following Scandinavian writers: Håkan Nesser, Karin Fossum, Liza Marklund and Stieg Larsson."
Submission deadline for abstracts: August 1, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Coping with Conflict: The Medical Anthropology of Gender, Violence and War

"An edited volume on the Medical Anthropology of Gender and Conflict will facilitate crucial opportunities to further assess the inter-relationship between gender, violence and health, and to specifically analyse how low-intensity or 'spectacular' violence affects and transforms gendered health practices, beliefs and experiences. In addition to highlighting current research projects and the available – and not insignificant - Medical Anthropology of Conflict literature, chapter contributions will also serve to illuminate the interdisciplinary collaborations through which Medical Anthropology methods and theory are applied in embattled contexts.

This edited volume will encompass diverse thematic trends and research inquiry relating to:
-The ways that individuals' experiences of health, illness, disease, trauma and traumatic injury during violence and war are mediated by gender.
-The conflict-related 'health effects' associated with diverse cultural settings and gendered healing traditions and practices.
-Analysis of the ways that local hierarchies of therapeutic resort are structured simultaneously by experiences of illness and trauma that are unique to war, and gendered ideals of well-being and the appropriateness of specific healing practices and traditions.
-Examination of the biomedical and 'traditional' choices and gendered decision-making processes available to patients during conflict at clinical and community-level therapeutic sites.
-The use of ethnography to document, appraise and illuminate the ways that individuals' experience of health vulnerability, trauma and treatment in diverse socio-cultural and political contexts are intimately tied to, and influenced by, gender.
-The role of applied medical anthropology in public health promotion, programme development and initiatives, and policy and legislation concerning health amid conflict, violence and war."
Submission deadline for abstracts: June 30, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Images of Women in Film and Media

"MP journal seeks submissions that explore the ways Women/Femininity/Female agency are depicted in visual media such as video games, television, film, animation (anime), comic books, graphic novels, or any other visual depictions. MP Journal welcomes academic papers, book reviews, and other well-written inquiries from a feminist perspective on modern visual representations of women."
Submission deadline: September 21, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website or H-Net Announcements.

CFP: The Rhetoric of Violence in the Early Modern Era

"We invite submissions for the 2011 issue of Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir-Shakespearean Afterlives. ...
The 2011 issue of the journal is dedicated to interdisciplinary and monodisciplinary approaches to the theme of violence against body and soul in literature and the arts, from the Renaissance to the Long Eighteenth Century. Focusing on the theme of the tormented body, this issue will offer a different insight on verbal and visual representations of violence in both theoretical and practical terms. It will concentrate on the analysis of how violence was presented to the early modern public and also on the iconoclastic consequences of both violence and its representations: ... We will consider papers on Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries (literature and performance studies), on early modern literature and the arts in England, Europe, The East and the New World, on the paragone of violence in Early Modern works of art, and on the representations of Renaissance violence and violent topics in subsequent eras.
Targeted disciplines: English Literature, Comparative Literature, Theatre studies, Performance studies, Cinema studies, History of Ideas, History of Arts, Philology."
Submission deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website or H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Writing Gender into the American West

"The Coalition for Western Women's History (CWWH) invites your participation in a writing group that will meet during the 2010 Western Historical Association Conference. If you have an article or chapter-length work in progress, and would like feedback from published scholars in your field, this Writing Group speaks to that need. We will pair each writer with readers who have relevant expertise.
The plan is for each writer to send their draft to their designated reader at least one month before the WHA. At the WHA, writers can meet with their reader(s), for in-person discussion of the work. Note: This writer's group is NOT a formal session at the conference."
Submission deadline for abstracts: June 15, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Gender Codes

Ottawa, Ontario, October 22-24, 2010.

"The theme that we have selected for the next Canadian Initiative in Law Culture and the Humanities (CILCH) workshop is gender. We are interested in exploring how gender is and has been constructed, deconstructed, performed, codified, encoded, decoded, played with, inscribed, transformed or rejected in and by law, culture and the humanities. The workshop will draw upon a wide variety of approaches to gender(s) and related issues and questions – feminist, queer, masculinity studies, post structuralist, historical, and critical race approaches. We will examine issues of identity, sexuality, fluidity, conformity, disruption, the body, and more."
Submission deadline for proposals: June 15, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

2010 Africana Woman Conference

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, September 16-18, 2010.

"We welcome the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, workshops, and roundtables on topics relating to and affecting the Africana Woman such as:
• Histories and Biographies
• Literature and Poetry
• Artistic Expression and Aesthetics
• Education, Curriculum
• Policies and governmental actions
• Family and personal relationships
• Communication
• Health and AIDS
• Gender and Sexuality
• Religion and Spirituality
• Motherhood and Family
• And other proposals which would uplift the Africana Woman, her partner, her family, her environment, her place in history, her creativity, and her social situation."
Submission deadline for proposals: July 15, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Worlds of Violence

International Postgraduate History Conference. University of Essex, History Department, September 9-10, 2010.

"Violence has been ubiquitous in history: in relations between the sexes and between the generations; in conflicts between nations, races, classes and ethnic groups; in the disciplining of the 'deviant' and in the resistance to the powerful. It can be used symbolically and can be construed as legitimate or illegitimate, as honourable or immoral.
This two-day postgraduate conference will explore the varied perceptions and uses of violence in the early modern and modern eras. It aims to encourage reflections on the cultural representations of violence and on its shaping of social relations of all kinds."
Submission deadline for proposals: July 23, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Trauma Narratives and 'Herstory' with special emphasis on the work of Eva Figes

University of Northampton (UK), School of the Arts, November 12-13, 2010.

"In 2009 the British Library decided to acquire the rights to her personal archives. Yet, despite being an established writer and the recipient of literary prizes, Figes' work has received relatively limited critical attention. For these reasons, we are giving Eva Figes pride of place in an international conference on the topic of trauma and 'herstory', at which we will have the pleasure of interviewing her. Papers are therefore invited on any aspect of trauma and 'herstory' in contemporary writing, and particularly in their treatment in Figes' own work. We also welcome papers on the relationships that can be established between Figes and other contemporary writers who have contributed to the gendering of trauma narratives such as Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Audre Lorde, Kate Millett, Anais Nin, Janet Frame, Sylvia Fraser, Anita Brookner, Elaine Feinstein, Bernice Rubens or Anne Karpf.
Suggested topics to explore include, but are not limited to:
•Trauma Studies and contemporary women's writing
•Eva Figes' relation to Trauma Studies
•Trauma in Black and Asian women's writing
•Jewishness and the Holocaust in contemporary women's writing
•Trauma and patriarchal cultures
•The representation of rape and sexual violence
•Motherhood as trauma
•Women's experience of war
•Writing as 'self-healing'
•Eva Figes' relation to feminism
•The power of 'herstories'
•Testimony and Literature
•Beyond 'herstory'? Transgendered trauma narratives
•Eva Figes: the writer in context
•Figes' literary technique and use of language."
Submission deadline for proposals: August 15, 2010.

More information: Calls for Papers website.

CFP: Not Through My Skin: Sexuality and the Female Body in East-Central European Cinema

NeMLA 2011 Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 7-10, 2011.

"This panel considers cinematic explorations and exploitations of the female body that have long been part of the East-Central European cultural imaginary. We are seeking papers that propose novel ways to examine the continuities and disruptions in the representations of female erotica from the communist period all the way to the recently emerging cinemas of East-Central Europe."
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.