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First published: October 1, 2023 - Last updated: October 1, 2023


Author: Ronda Arab

Title: Sexual Violence as Class Conflict

Subtitle: Seizing Patriarchal Privilege in Early Modern English Drama

In: Intersectionalities of Class in Early Modern English Drama

Edited by: Ronda Arab and Laurie Ellinghausen

Place: Cham

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Year: 2023 (hc., ebk.), 2024 (sc.) (Published online: August 27, 2023)

Pages: 249-264

ISBN-13: 9783031355639 (hardcover) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9783031355660 (softcover) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9783031355646 (ebk.) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 16th Century, 17th Century | European History: English History | Types: Rape; Representations: Literary Texts / Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare


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Author: Ronda Arab, Department of English, Simon Fraser University - ResearchGate

- »In "Sexual Violence as Class Conflict: Seizing Patriarchal Privilege in Early Modern English Drama," Ronda Arab also focuses on representa-tions of lower-class men, examining the intersection of sexual violence with class relationships and class conflict. Arab examines a number of plays-Heywood's Edward IV Part 1, Shakespeare's , Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, and Dekker's The Shoemaker's Holiday-that depict sexual violence or threats of sexual violence being used by lowborn men against higher-status women as a means by which to level class distinctions between men and to assert authority and status within a patri-archal society that distributes masculine privilege unequally among men. As Arab notes, these dramatic examples depict lowborn men's attempts to make gender privilege trump class privilege, as these men assert their alleged masculine superiority over women whose class status is greater than theirs.« (Source: Arab and Laurie Ellinghausen.»Introduction.« Intersectionalities of Class in Early Modern English Drama. Edited by Ronda Arab et al. Cham 2023: 17)

- »Rape and other forms of sexual violence are frequent motifs in early modern English drama and poetry, but despite many studies of the topic, there appears to be little or no work on the class dynamics of sexual violence as represented on the English stage.« (Source: SpringerLink)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England / Elizabethan era | Literature: English literature / Thomas Dekker (writer), Thomas Heywood, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare | Literature: Rape in fiction / Doctor Faustus (play), Edward IV (play), Henry VI (Part 2), A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Shoemaker's Holiday | Sex and the law: Rape / History of rape