Sexual Violence In Western Thought And Writing: Chaste Rape

Hardcover | September 15, 2011

byVictor J. Vitanza

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Sexual Violence in Western Thought and Writing: Chaste Rape  focuses on rape scripts and narratives as informed by a sacrificial economy that grounds subjectivity and legitimizes community. In search of tutor texts to rethink these scripts and narratives, Victor J. Vitanza turns to the works of Kate Millett as well as the works of Andrea Dworkin, Susan Brownmiller, Virginia Woolf, and Sigmund Freud. Vitanza rethinks rape through a close examination of how sexual violence is a pedagogy that has become canonized in the form of rape stories. To rethink-reread-rewrite outside this economy, Vitanza combines the work of continental feminisms with philosophies on post-identities and on radical reconsideration of a community without community.

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Sexual Violence in Western Thought and Writing: Chaste Rape  focuses on rape scripts and narratives as informed by a sacrificial economy that grounds subjectivity and legitimizes community. In search of tutor texts to rethink these scripts and narratives, Victor J. Vitanza turns to the works of Kate Millett as well as the works of Andr...

Victor J. Vitanza is a Professor of English and Rhetorics at Clemson University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:298 pages, 8.55 × 7.94 × 0.86 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230112838

ISBN - 13:9780230112834

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“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