Speaking Out

Feminism, Rape and Narrative Politics

Authors: Serisier, Tanya

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  • Provides the first history of women speaking out against rape from the 1970s to today
  • Examines a range of key texts, from the Victim Impact Statement of Emily Doe to personal accounts of the #MeToo movement
  • Provides a critical bibliography of the genre of rape memoirs, drawing on over 50 books
  • Analyses the strengths and limitations of speaking out as a political practice
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This is the first critical study of feminist practices of ‘speaking out’ in response to rape. This book argues that feminist anti-rape politics are characterised by a belief in the transformative potential of women’s personal narratives of sexual violence. The political mobilisation of these narratives has been an incredibly successful strategy, but one with unresolved ethical questions and political limitations. The book explores both the successes and the unresolved questions through feminist archival materials, published narratives of sexual violence, and mass media and internet sources. It argues that that a rethinking of the role and place of women’s stories and the politics of speaking out is vital for a rethinking of feminist politics around sexual violence and key to fresh approaches to combating this violence.

About the authors

Tanya Serisier is Lecturer in Criminology at Birkbeck College, University of London. She writes and publishes on the cultural politics of sexuality and sexual violence. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Political Promise of Personal Narratives

    Serisier, Tanya

    Pages 3-21

  • Speaking Out Beyond Feminism: Public Survivors and Rape Narratives

    Serisier, Tanya

    Pages 23-42

  • ‘A New Literature of Rape’: Storytelling, Genre and Subjectivity

    Serisier, Tanya

    Pages 43-68

  • Speaking Truth to Law’s Power: Legal Judgements and the ‘Powerful Letter’ of Emily Doe

    Serisier, Tanya

    Pages 69-91

  • #YesAllWomen and Heroic ‘Silence Breakers’: Online Speech, Collective Stories and the Politics of Belief

    Serisier, Tanya

    Pages 93-116

Buy this book

eBook £51.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-98669-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £64.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98668-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Speaking Out
Book Subtitle
Feminism, Rape and Narrative Politics
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98669-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98669-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98668-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 259
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