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June 1, 2013

THESIS: Die Ästhetik sexueller Gewalt bei Yvonne Vera und Calixthe Beyala: Repräsentation von Vergewaltigung und weiblicher Artikulation in The Stone Virgins und C'est le soleil qui m'a brûlée

Author: Laura Fuchs-Eisner
Title: Die Ästhetik sexueller Gewalt bei Yvonne Vera und Calixthe Beyala
Subtitle: Repräsentation von Vergewaltigung und weiblicher Artikulation in The Stone Virgins und C'est le soleil qui m'a brûlée
Thesis: Diplomarbeit, Universität Wien
Year: 2012
Pages: 157pp.
Language: German
Full Text: HochschülerInnenschaft an der Universität Wien [Free Access]

Abstract: »Rape scenes in literature demand for analysis in two ways. On the one hand, the representation of sexual and gender-based violence deals implicitly with socio- and gender-political questions. On the other hand, its reception is guided by the aesthetics of the narrative. Therefore, this paper considers how and with which political implications sexual violence is represented in the novels The Stone Virgins (2002) by Yvonne Vera and C'est le soleil qui m'a brûlée (1987) by Calixt he Beyala. The paper demonstrates that these novels can be read as feminist and subversive texts that reflect theoretical considerations on rape and its representation not only on their thematic, but also on their narrative level. For the analysis of the motive of rape, the paper draws on feminist post-structuralist theories on sexual violence and subjectivity (cf. Louise du Toit, Sharon Marcus and Sabine Sielke) and post-colonial approaches to representation (cf. Gayatri Spivak). With their focus on culturally oriented narratology, the theories of Mieke Bal, Susan Lanser and Birgit Wagner will prove helpful to bridge political and poetological aspects. Finally, Martin Seel will be considered for questions on the interplay of aesthetics and (literary) violence.« [Source: Laura Fuchs-Eisner]