Sexual Violence in History: A Bibliography

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First published: June 1, 2023 – Last updated: June 1, 2023


Speaker: Lauren Heintz

Title: Inhuman Reproduction

Subtitle: Sexual Violence and the Biopolitics of Slavery

Conference: 38th Annual Meeting of the National Women's Studies Association: Just Imagine. Imaginging Justice: Feminist Visions of Freedom, Dream Making and the Radical Politics of Futures (November 8-10, 2018) – Online Program

Session: 406. Sexual Violence in Art and Activism: Promises, Pitfalls, and Possibilities (Moderator: Amanda Apgar)

Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Date: November 10, 2018

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 21st Century | American History: U.S. History | Representations: Art / Kara Walker





Abstract: »This paper examines Kara Walker’s artwork, Possible Beginnings or: The Creation of African-America. Walker depicts an enslaved man who is impregnated with a cotton seed by a white man, and subsequently gives birth to a cotton plant. Drawing on Hortense Spillers and Riley Snorton, I argue that the transgender pregnancy and reproduction of the cotton plant forces us to question the biopolitical limits of the gendered and racial intersections of sexual violence in slavery. I show that Walker’s artistic interrogation of sexual violence ultimately questions if queer, trans, and interracial sexualities are ever able to achieve liberationist futures.« (Source: Online Program)

Wikipedia: Painting: Kara Walker | Sex and the law: Sexual violence