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Violence, Vulnerability and Embodiment: Gender and History

Shani D'Cruze (Editor), Anupama Rao (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-2092-0
360 pages
August 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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This well-illustrated collection uses new and interdisciplinary approaches in gender history to explore violence as a form of gendered embodiment across place and time, from the medieval world to the twenty-first century.
  • Uses new and interdisciplinary approaches in gender history.
  • Considers the issues across time, from the classical world to the twenty-first century.
  • Covers a wide range of locations, including Africa, China, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia.
  • Academically and theoretically innovative.
  • Includes work by authors from different countries and different disciplines.
  • Helps readers to understand violence both as a diagnostic for deeper, more complex historical structures, and as a performative act that can be read symptomatically.
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    Notes on Contributors.

    INTRODUCTION.

    1. Violence and the Vulnerabilities of Gender (Shani D’Cruze and Anupama Rao).

    VULNERABILITIES.

    2. Female Suicide, Subjectivity and the State in Eighteenth-Century China (Janet Theiss).

    3. ‘She Is But a Woman’: Kitty Byron and the English Edwardian Criminal Justice System (Ginger Frost).

    4. Mothers/Fighters/Citizens: Violence and Disillusionment in Post-War El Salvador (Irina Carlota Silber).

    POTENTIALITIES.

    5. Gendered Violence: Castration and Blinding as Punishment for Treason in Normandy and Anglo-Norman England (Klaus Van Eickels).

    6. Precarious Conditions: A Note on Counter-Insurgency in Africa After 1945 (LuiseWhite).

    7. Stalinist Identity from the Viewpoint of Gender: Rearing a Generation of Professionally Violent Women-Fighters in 1930s Stalinist Russia (Anna Krylova).

    8. "Generous Amazons Came to the Breach’: Besieged Women, Agency and Subjectivity During the French Wars of Religion (Brian Sandberg).

    VISIBILITIES.

    9. Gendered Visibilities and the Dream of Transparency: The Chinese-Indonesian Rape Debate in Post-Suharto Indonesia (Karen Strassler).

    10. Woman and Violence in Artistic Discourse of the Russian Revolution and Civil War (1917-1922) (Anna N. Eremeeva) Translated by (Dan Healy).

    11. Un/safe/ly at Home: Narratives of Sexual Coercion in 1920s Egypt (Marilyn Booth).

    POSSIBILITIES.

    12. Rethinking Law and Violence: The Domestic Violence (Prevention) Bill in India, 2002 (Rajeswari Sunder Rajan).

    13. Prostitution, Sex Work and Violence: Discursive and Political Contexts for Five Texts on Paid Sex, 1987-2001 (Svati P. Shah).

    14. Apparitions of Desire: Clive van den Berg and the Art of Historical Unknowability (Rosalind C. Morris).

    Index.

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    Shani D'Cruze is Reader in Gender History at Manchester Metropolitan University. She was co-editor of the journal Gender and History between 2000 and 2004. Her main publications are on the nineteenth- and twentieth-century social and cultural history of violence, crime and gender and the gender history of the nineteenth-century family.

    Anupama Rao is Assistant Professor of South Asian History at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her interests are in Indian nationalism; anti-caste struggles; caste, gender and the family form in nineteenth- and twentieth-century western India; historical anthropology; the anthropology of violence; human rights and feminist and critical theory.

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    • This well-illustrated collection explores violence as a form of gendered embodiment across place and time.

    • Uses new and interdisciplinary approaches in gender history.

    • Considers the issues across time, from the classical world to the twenty-first century.

    • Covers a wide range of locations, including Africa, China, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia.

    • Academically and theoretically innovative.

    • Includes work by authors from different countries and different disciplines.

    • Helps readers to understand violence both as a diagnostic for deeper, more complex historical structures, and as a performative act that can be read symptomatically.
    See More

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