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The Rape of Lucrece

by Stephen J. Carter

Shakespeare broods on questions of rape and the human heart

In The Rape of Lucrece the dark side of sex and power is explored.

  • Why has rape been seen and spoken of in such contradictory, varied ways throughout history?
  • Is rape an act that results from a woman’s power deficit?
  • Is it an extreme expression of male power subordination, or carnal desire, or both?
  • When do perception and language serve as instruments of transformation? â?¦ And when as instruments of coercion?
  • If sanctioned sex is a totem, and unsanctioned sex a taboo, is rape a matter of taboo?

His answers, considered in some detail in this book, may surprise you.

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