Rape in Art Cinema

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Dominique Russell
Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Nov 3, 2011 - Performing Arts - 258 pages

Art cinema has always had an aura of the erotic, with the term being at times a euphemism for European films that were more explicit than their American counterparts. This focus on sexuality, whether buried or explicit, has meant a recurrence of the theme of rape, nearly as ubiquitous as in mainstream film.

This anthology explores the representation of rape in art cinema. Its aim is to highlight the prevalence and multiple functions of rape in this prestigious mode of filmmaking as well as to question the meaning of its ubiquity and versatility. Rape in Art Cinema takes an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together recognized figures such as historian Joanna Burke, philosopher Ann J. Cahill, and film scholars Martin Barker, Tanya Horeck and Scott Mackenzie alongside emerging voices. It is international in scope, with contributors from Canada, the U.S. and Britain coming together to investigate the representation of rape in some of cinema's most cherished films.


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Victoria Anderson
Why Rape?
Rape and Its Alibis in Last
Rashomon and
Storytelling Desire and
Rape in Anne
The Union of Rape
Chapter Eight Boys Dont Get Raped
Chapter Nine If It Was a Rape Then Why Would She Be
Mediating Screened
Male Rape in Bruno
Chapter Thirteen Sexual Trauma and Jouissance in Baise

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About the author (2011)

Dominique Russell has taught at a number of Canadian universities, including the University of Western Ontario, York, Brock, and the University of British Columbia. She is the author of numerous articles on film sound and Spanish and Latin American cinema, including publications in Jumpcut, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, and Literature Film Quarterly.

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