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State of Peril: Race and Rape in South African Literature

Lucy Valerie Graham

Abstract

This is a study of South African literature through the prism of narratives of sexual violence. While most incidents of sexual assault in South Africa are interracial, narratives of interracial rape have dominated the national imaginary. South African literature has again and again circled back to images of “black peril” (representations of the rape of white women by black men) and “white peril” representations that show the rape of colonised women by colonising men. Taking an historical and comparative perspective, the book uses as theoretical underpinning Michel Foucault’s ideas on sexuality ... More

Keywords: literature, rape, race, violence, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199796373
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796373.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucy Valerie Graham, author
Stellenbosch University