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Writing the Survivor: The Rape Novel in Late Twentieth-Century American Fiction

Robin E. Field

Abstract

Writing the Survivor: The Rape Novel in Late Twentieth-Century American Fiction identifies a new genre of American fiction, the rape novel, that recenters narratives of sexual violence on the survivors of violence and abuse, rather than the perpetrators. The rape novel arose during the women’s liberation movement as women writers collectively challenged the traditional erasure of female subjectivity and agency found in earlier representations of sexual violence in American fiction. The rape novel not only foregrounds survivors and their stories in a textual centering that affirms their dignity ... More

Keywords: Rape, Sexual violence, Survivor, Victim, American literature, Women’s literature, Trauma, Social activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781942954835
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781942954835.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin E. Field, author
King's College