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[Commlist] CFP Edited Collection on Sexual Violence in Popular Culture
Mon Mar 09 21:25:47 GMT 2020
Call for papers!
Working Title: /Sexual Violence at the Margins: An Intersectional
Analysis of Rape Narratives/
Edited Collection by Stephanie Patrick and Mythili Rajiva
Since the explosion of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements in late 2017,
gendered and sexual violence have never been more visible, discussed,
and debated in Western culture. While a survey of recent television and
film texts might demonstrate a related shift in how some stories of
sexual violence are told, these texts do not necessarily represent a
shift in the power structures of media production, the demographics of
those telling such stories, or even a more nuanced understanding of rape
and rape culture (Byrne & Toddeo, 2019; Jermyn, 2017; Pinedo, 2019).
As Sarah Projansky so powerfully argued in her classic text /Watching
Rape /(2001), the media is a site in which ideas about sexual violence
are not only reflected but, also, socially and culturally constructed.
The recent growth in feminist scholarship on sexual and gendered
violence in the media (Boyle, 2019; Clarke, 2014; Horeck, 2018; Joy,
2019; Magestro, 2015; Oliver, 2016; Phillips, 2016) points to a growing
understanding of the relationship between rape culture and culture more
broadly. However, such an understanding seems to have little effect on
the amount of dead or raped girls showing up on our screens. In fact,
the trope of the victimized young woman is more popular than ever,
mobilized in a range of contemporary, “post-television” texts spanning a
variety of genres, including shows such as /Game of
Thrones/,/Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/, /You/, /The Fall/, /Thirteen
Reasons Why/, /Unbelievable/,/Outlander/, and /The Handmaid’s Tale/.
Furthermore, while these shows may represent a more diverse view of
gendered violence in Western popular culture, they are still centered on
the victimization of white, middle class, able-bodied, heteronormative
women. Feminist media scholarship has, thus far, reflected this
preoccupation, demonstrating few extended engagements with
representations of gendered and sexual violence against women who are at
the margins of Western society (notable exceptions include Moorti, 2001,
Abdurraqib, 2017, Millward, Dodd, and Fubara-Manuel, 2017).
The following edited collection seeks to fill this gap by examining
representations of violence against girls or women that are currently
missing from the conversation. This collection will work the margins for
those subjects whose victimization is forgotten or erased in mainstream
representations of and/or scholarship about sexual and gendered violence.
Topics for chapters can include (but are not limited to):
- Representations of sexual and gendered violence against girls or women
who are not white, able-bodied, cis-gendered, or heteronormative; for
example, LGBTQ+ people, racialized women, disabled women, poor or
working class women, immigrant women, Indigenous women
- Analysis of the ways that white femininity operates in texts to
sideline racialized women’s experiences. How are such representations
mobilized post-#MeToo – a phrase that often invokes the victimization of
white (and famous) women, while erasing the victimization of women of
colour (and the work of activist Tarana Burke, who coined the phrase in
2006 ) (Garcia, 2017)?
- Depictions of violence against women outside the traditional noir and
crime genres (in sketch/comedy, sitcoms, fantasy, historical, reality
television, teen drama, etc.)
- The politics of sexual violence on Reality TV shows
- Depictions of violence against sex workers
- Production/economic analyses of representations of violence against women
- Representations of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements (particularly in
- Sexual violence against celebrities that are not white,
heteronormative, able-bodied women.
- “Post-truth” or “threshold” texts that “radically destabilize
incommensurable political stances such as feminism/misogyny” (Rajiva and
- Audience reactions to consuming such imagery (particularly audiences
and fandoms beyond white, cis/straight girls and women)
_Instructions for Submission:_
Please submit an abstract (maximum 300 words) along with a title, author
bio(s), and keywords (up to five) via email to Stephanie Patrick at
(spatr045 /at/ uottawa.ca) <mailto:(spatr045 /at/ uottawa.ca)>by April 1^st , 2020.
Authors will be notified of their selection by May 1^st , 2020 and, once
chapters have been selected, a press will be solicited.
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