Sexual Violence in History: A Bibliography

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First published: August 4, 2018 - Last updated: July 1, 2023


Speaker: Yi Ran Angela Zhang

Title: The Rape of Lucretia

Subtitle: Sexual Violence as an Ideal in Renaissance Rome

Conference: 64th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (March 22-24, 2018) - Online Program

Session: Idealized Woman, Real Women: A Complex Comparison III: Love and Sex (Chair: Elena Brizio)

Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Date: March 23, 2018

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 16th Century | European History: Italian History | Types: Rape / Prison Rape


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Abstract: »The legendary figure of Lucretia is one of the rare glimpses where the image of a woman, a victim of rape, - secular, pagan, married - captured the imagination of Medieval and Renaissance thinkers. Rape victims induced the anxieties of Renaissance men because they challenge conventional womanly positions of Madonna and whore. In this paper, I will analyze how women confronted the social stigma and psychological trauma of rape as well as their connections with classical antecedents of virtue in the face of rape and dishonour. My work comes from a court case involving three women who were jailed as witnesses in Rome in the 16th century for a rape trial and were raped in the jail by the judge. It is their insights into their secular world that it is possible to see how the cultural norms surrounding the rhetoric of rape negotiated by the actual victims of the crime.« (Source: All Academic)

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