Sexual Violence in History: A Bibliography

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


Author: Karen F. Pierce

Title: Sex, Violence and Graphics: Illustrating Helen

Subtitle: -

In: Revisiting Rape in Antiquity: Sexualised Violence in Greek and Roman Worlds

Edited by: Susan Deacy, José M. Magalhães, and Jean Z. Menzies

Place: London

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Year: 2023

Pages: 231-246

ISBN-13: 9781350099203 (hbk.) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781350099210 (PDF) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781350099227 (EPUB) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781350099234 (Online) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient History: Greek History; Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | Cases: Mythological Victims / Helen; Types: Rape; Representations: Comics / Age of Bronze


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Abstract: »As Karen Pierce shows in the next chapter, ‘Sex, violence and graphics: Illustrating Helen’, Helen is the most victimized of mythological women from one perspective, yet the most sexually empowered from another. And, just as Helen’s depiction keeps shift ing in antiquity, as Pierce shows, American comic books have repeatedly reframed how Helen is depicted, including with depictions of rape coming to be recast as romance or seduction. As Pierce argues, however, such a recasting might be only on the surface, as required in the wake of the comic code criteria introduced in the 1950s. In the wake of the code, depictions of Helen introduce signals of rape, but subtle ones.« (Source: Deacy, Susan. »Introduction: 'Twenty Years Ago': Revisiting Rape in Antiquity.« Revisiting Rape in Antiquity: Sexualised Violence in Greek and Roman Worlds. Edited by Susan Deacy et al. London 2023: p. 12)

Lecture: Pierce, Karen F. »Sex, violence and graphics: Illustrating Helen.« Rape in Antiquity: 20 years on. London 2017. - Bibliographic Entry: Info

Wikipedia: Ancient history: Ancient Greece | Comics: Eric Shanower / Age of Bronze (comics) | Myth: Greek mythology / Helen of Troy | Sex and the law: Rape / History of rape | War: Trojan War