Rape on the Contemporary Stage

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Abstract

This book investigates the representation of rape in British and Irish theatre since the second wave of the Women’s Movement. Mainly focusing on the period from the 1990s to the present, it identifies key feminist debates on rape and gender, and introduces a set of ideas about the function of rape as a form of embodied, gendered violence to the analysis of dramaturgical and performance strategies used in a range of important and/or controversial works. The chapters explore the dramatic representation of consent; feminist performance strategies that interrogate common attitudes to rape and rape survivors; the use of rape as an allegory for political oppression; the relationships of vulnerability, eroticism and affect in the understanding and representation of sexual violence; and recent work that engages with anti-rape activism to present women’s personal experiences on stage.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages281
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Jan 2018

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Keywords

  • Rape
  • Performance
  • Theatre
  • Society
  • Violence
  • Conflict
  • Gender

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London, 2018. 281 p.

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