Sexual Violence In Western Thought And Writing: Chaste Rape by V. VitanzaSexual Violence In Western Thought And Writing: Chaste Rape by V. Vitanza

Sexual Violence In Western Thought And Writing: Chaste Rape

byV. Vitanza

Hardcover | September 20, 2011

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This book focuses on rape narratives as grounding for western thinking about community - from the polis to nation-states - specifically in cultures of thinking , reading , and writing . The author rethinks rape, or sexual violence, through a close examination of how rape is a pedagogy that has become canonized in the form of rape stories.
Victor J. Vitanza is a Professor of English and Rhetorics at Clemson University, USA.
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Title:Sexual Violence In Western Thought And Writing: Chaste RapeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:270 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.87 inPublished:September 20, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230112838

ISBN - 13:9780230112834

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Table of Contents

The Basement: Towards A Re-Introduction PART I: BROACHING THE ABJECT How To Think, To Read, To Write Rape? Thinking, Reading, Writing Rape PART II: OEDIPAL PLACES AND CASSANDRAIC CHORA Oedi-Pedagogy Canon, Obsessive/Hysteric PART III: FROM THE ATTIC AND BASEMENT TO THE LIVING ROOM Virtual Rape and Community Excursus. Rebeginnings, from Architecture to AnArchitexture

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This book focuses on rape narratives as grounding for western thinking about community - from the polis to nation-states - specifically in cultures of thinking , reading , and writing . The author rethinks rape, or sexual violence, through a close examination of how rape is a pedagogy that has become canonized in the form of rape stories."We learn from Vitanza how an eccentric axiology may realign completely our understanding of the central features of civilization." - Gregory L. Ulmer, University of Florida"Vitanza cracks open a forbidden dossier to address the pernicious eventfulness of rape. Timely and distressing, this dreadful work - henceforth unavoidable - swallows whole some aggressively traumatic markers of shared life: What if all our tropes and histories, including the most virtuous, were based on unavowed acts of violation? Derrida has shown how the very principle of hospitality in the Bible hails from Lots' making his daughters sexually available to strangers. Vitanza probes relentlessly into the open secret of relationality, civilization and its profile of social destruction . To my mind this is truly an impossible book - which is why I need interminably to work it through." - Avital Ronell, University Professor of the Humanities, New York University and author of The Test Drive