Sexual Violence in History: A Bibliography

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Sacred Texts: Bible; Apocrypha: Acts of John, Acts of Paul and Thecla; Gnostic Texts: Apocryphon of John, Hypostasis of the Archons, Life of Adam and Eve, On the Origin of the World, Testimony of Truth; Hagiography: Life of St. Katherine, Life of St. Margaret; Authors: Ambrose, Augustine of Hippo, Avitus of Vienne, Gerontius, Irenaeus, Jerome, John Chrysostom, Leo the Great, Margery Kempe, Origen, Symeon Metaphrastes, Tertullian, Thomas Aquinas, Jacobus de Voragine, Wulfstan of York

I. Author Index

[Info] Adland, Sara R. Maria Goretti: An Icon of Virginity, An Icon of Silence, An Opportunity for Change. Senior Thesis, Haverford College, 2006.

[Info] Babb, Jeannie. Making Meaning of Sexual Violence against Women in Ancient Sacred Christian Literature. Master Thesis, University of the South, 2013.

[Info] Blanton, Virginia. »Ely's St. Æthelthryth: The Shrine's Enclosure of the Female Body as Symbol for the Inviolability of Monastic Space.« Women's Space: Patronage, Place, and Gender in the Medieval Church. Virginia C. Raguin et al. Albany 2005: 47-73.

[Info] Bourdier, Juliette. »Travels Through the Dark Realms of Medieval Clerical Fantasies: Sex And Erotica in the Infernal Testimony.« Comitatus 48 (2017): 21-48.

[Info] Caldwell, John M. Religion and Sexual Violence in Late Greco-Roman Antiquity. Ph.D. Thesis, Syracuse University, 2003.

[Info] Innes-Parker, Catherine. »Sexual Violence and the Female Reader: Symbolic "Rape" in the Saints' Lives of the Katherine Group.« Women’s Studies 24 (1995): 205-217.

[Info] Jaeger, C. Stephen. »The loves of Christina of Markyate.« Christina of Markyate. A twelfth-century holy woman. Edited by Samuel Fanous et al. London 2005: 99-115.

[Info] MacDonald Morgan, Leslie J. »From Saints to Playboys: Sexual Violence against Women in the Christian Hagiographic Tradition.« Historical Papers: Canadian Society of Church History (1987): 33-43.

[Info] Papavarnavas, Christodoulos. Gefängnis als Schwellenraum in der byzantinischen Hagiographie: Eine literarische Untersuchung der Märtyrerakten in früh- und mittelbyzantinischer Zeit. Dissertation, Universität Wien, 2018.

[Info] Papavarnavas, Christodoulos. Gefängnis als Schwellenraum in der byzantinischen Hagiographie: Eine Untersuchung früh- und mittelbyzantinischer Märtyrerakten. Berlin 2021.

II. Speaker Index

[Info] Bautch, Kelley N.C. »Seduction or Rape? Examining the Fate of the Angels’ Wives.« Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Washington, D.C. 2006.

[Info] Brooten, Bernadette. »Analyzing Slavery in Early Christian Canons Can Help to Dismantle Racialized Rape Culture.« Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. San Antonio 2016.

[Info] Claassen-Luttner, J. Cayenne. »Pure and Violated Female Bodies: Martyrdom Images, Pornography, and Imitation.« Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. San Diego 2007.

[Info] Colgan, Emily. »Let Him Romance You: Rape Culture and Gender Violence in Evangelical Christian Self-Help Literature.« Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. San Diego 2019.

[Info] Collins-Elliott, Jennifer. »“Violated by the Violence of the Enemy”: Augustine and Pope Leo I on the Changing Bodies and Identities of Raped Virgins.« Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Atlanta 2010.

[Info] Collins-Elliott, Jennifer. »“Jesus is Jealous”: The Use of Dinah in the Instruction of Virgins in Early Christian Literature.« Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. San Francisco 2011.

[Info] Franc, Catherine. »The Rejected Suitor and Rape in Hagiography: The Unusual Case of Thecla.« The International Medieval Congress. Leeds 2001.

[Info] Lambert, Tonya. »Puritans' Perceptions of Sexual Aggression.« Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. San Antonio 2002.

[Info] MacDonald Morgan, Leslie J. »'From Saints to Playboys': Images of Women in the Early Christian Hagiographic Tradition.« Canadian Society of Church History 1987 Annual Meeting. Hamilton 1987.

[Info] Stanton, Robert. »Marriage, Rape, and Rapture in The Life of Christina of Markyate33rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo 1998.

[Info] Stergiou, Gianna. »Temptation Is Defeated Only by Force: The Case of the Female Figures in the Stories of Early Christian Ascetics.« Ancient Rape Cultures: Greek, Roman, Jewish, Christian: International Conference Rome 2022.


Sacred Texts: Qur'an


Sacred Texts: Hebrew Bible; Apocrypha: Books of the Maccabees; Rabbinic Literature: Talmud


Sacred Texts: Book of Mormon