“Calling #TimesUp on the TV period drama rape narrative”

Katherine Byrne, Julie-Anne Taddeo

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This article explores the rape plotlines in Poldark (2015–), Outlander (2014–) and Banished (2015), which mostly take place prior to #MeToo and offer a pre-watershed insight into a time when rape could still be romanticised and eroticised in a way which might not, or at least should not, be possible after October 2017. However, these plots opened up conversations about consent, rape myths and rape fantasy and hence form part of the dialogue and increasingly public awareness about sexual violence which made #MeToo possible in the first place. How fans respond to rape narratives pre- and post-#MeToo is also considered
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-398
Number of pages20
JournalCritical Studies in Television
Issue number3
Early online date12 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Sept 2019


  • Rape, Period drama
  • Banished
  • Rape
  • period drama
  • Outlander
  • #MeToo
  • Poldark


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