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Rape in Period Drama Television

Consent, Myth, and Fantasy

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Given its preponderance in so much period drama, it is, I suppose, symptomatic of the relative normalization of sexual violence on screen that the depiction of rape has been largely neglected in media scholarship. Tis book therefore not only fills a gap in the conventional sense, it also alters the discursive lens, bringing into powerful focus the way in which rape is so taken for granted as a regular trope, despite the genre’s ‘cosy’ image. From Poldark to Peaky Blinders, and from Downton Abbey to Outlander, rape has been a core plot element, used to drive dramatic tension and suspense, to define or transform characters, and—of course— to iterate, and occasionally to problematize, ideologies of gendered power. Yet its depiction remains a profoundly contested issue. Rape in Period Drama Television by Katherine Byrne and Julie Anne Taddeo is therefore timely, coming in the wake of and responding to #MeToo and other campaigns concerning sexual exploitation, and critically interrogating the extent to which rape has been a recurrent feature of every variation within the genre from literary adaptations to gangster narratives... [This] is an extremely important intervention into the history of the genre and of the representation of sexual violence on television.

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Modern Language Review
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Forlag
Lexington Books
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781793625878
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
24 x 17 cm

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«

Given its preponderance in so much period drama, it is, I suppose, symptomatic of the relative normalization of sexual violence on screen that the depiction of rape has been largely neglected in media scholarship. Tis book therefore not only fills a gap in the conventional sense, it also alters the discursive lens, bringing into powerful focus the way in which rape is so taken for granted as a regular trope, despite the genre’s ‘cosy’ image. From Poldark to Peaky Blinders, and from Downton Abbey to Outlander, rape has been a core plot element, used to drive dramatic tension and suspense, to define or transform characters, and—of course— to iterate, and occasionally to problematize, ideologies of gendered power. Yet its depiction remains a profoundly contested issue. Rape in Period Drama Television by Katherine Byrne and Julie Anne Taddeo is therefore timely, coming in the wake of and responding to #MeToo and other campaigns concerning sexual exploitation, and critically interrogating the extent to which rape has been a recurrent feature of every variation within the genre from literary adaptations to gangster narratives... [This] is an extremely important intervention into the history of the genre and of the representation of sexual violence on television.

»

Modern Language Review

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The informative nature and wide scope of this book provide valuable discussion points for further research and offer substantial academic insight into the presentation and perception of rape in film, literature, and society.

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Journal of Popular Culture

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