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C4P: Lorianne Reuser - Rape as Narrative in GoT

Luna's first Call for Papers, 'Gender Identity and Sexuality in Fantasy and Science Fiction' will be released on Wednesday the 9th of August. Explore the ten brilliant papers you will find in the book.

Today, we would like to introduce you to Lorianne Reuser​, (Canada) English Literature, Greek and Roman studies. Researcher.

She is presenting the paper: "Subversion, Sex and Violence: Rape as Narrative Tool In ‘A Song Of Ice And Fire’".

Lorianne says:

"Sexual violence is a pervasive part of American media, from news reports to prime time soap operas to cable programming. The concept of female body as object is entrenched in the visual imagery of popular culture, and the violated female body acts as a versatile narrative tool. Using previous critical scholarship on feminism and rape culture, along with essay collections devoted to George R.R. Martin’s books and the ensuing HBO adaptation, I will examine the pervasive threat of sexual violence, with a focus on instances of rape, in Martin’s and HBO’s Westeros. In examining three controversial scenes of rape from the television adaptation -- namely those of Daenerys, Sansa, and Cersei -- and how they act in dialogue with the source text, I will explore how Martin uses rape as a means to subvert the type of fantasy that he calls a ‘Disneyland Middle Ages’, and concurrently how those specific scenes struggle to escape the tropes of current rape culture and its damaging effects on women and their experiences."

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