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First published: April 1, 2024 - Last updated: April 1, 2024


Author: Adriana Margareta Dancus

Title: Reenacting Rape in Édouard Louis’s History of Violence

Subtitle: -

In: Terrorizing Images: Trauma and Ekphrasis in Contemporary Literature

Edited by: Charles I. Armstrong and Unni Langås

Place: Berlin and Boston

Publisher: De Gruyter

Year: 2020

Pages: 101-116

Series: Culture & Conflict 16

ISBN-13: 9783110692907 - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9783110694031 (EPUB) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9783110693959 (PDF) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 21st Century | European History: French History | Types: Rape / Same-Sex Rape; Offenders: Age and Gender / Male Adults; Victims: Age and Gender / Male Adults; Victims: Mental Consequences / Trauma; Representations: Literary Texts / Édouard Louis


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Author: Adriana Margareta Dancus, Institutt for språk og litteratur (Department of Languages and Literature Studies), Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge (University of South-Eastern Norway)

Abstract: »In the sixth chapter, Adriana Margareta Dancus focuses on Édouard Louis’s novel Histoire de la violence (2016), where the author recounts his own embodied experience of being physically and sexually assaulted. Louis mobilizes a variety of narrative voices and images to reconstruct what happened over the course of twenty-four hours, embracing the events before, during, and after the rape. Dancus shows how Louis reanimates a traumatic past in order to reclaim his story from forensic, medical, and judicial discourses. The author turns the tables not on the rapist but on the friends who pushed him to report the assault to the police, on the medical staff who objectified his personal trauma through the scientific gaze, and on the police, who asked him to recount the traumatic episode innumerable times and archived his story in a racially charged fashion.« (Source: Armstrong, Charles I., et al. »Introduction: Encounters between Trauma and Ekphrasis, Words and Images.« Terrorizing Images: Trauma and Ekphrasis in Contemporary Literature. Edited by Charles I. Armstrong et al. Berlin 2020: 8)

  1 Introduction (p. 101)
  2 The first outburst of violence (p. 104)
  3 Confiding rape to family and friends (p. 106)
  4 Testifying in front of officials (p. 109)
  5 Conclusion (p. 114)
  Works cited (p. 116)

Reviews: Klishevich, Anna. KULT_online: Review Journal for the Study of Culture No 67 (May 2023). - Full Text: Open Journal Systems of the Universitätsbibliothek Giessen (Free Access)

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