Rage, Rape and Feminism in Contemporary American Drama


Rage, Rape and Feminism in Contemporary American Drama



By Davida Bloom (College at Brockport faculty member).

This first-ever study of rape in modern American drama examines portrayals of rape, raped women and rapists in 36 plays written between 1970 and 2007, the period during which the feminist movement made rape a matter of public discourse. These dramas reveal much about sexuality and masculine and feminine identity in the United States. The author traces the impact of second-wave feminism, antifeminist backlash, third-wave feminism and postfeminism on the dramatic depiction of rape. The prevalence of commonly accepted rape myths-that women who dress provocatively invite sexual assault, for example-is well documented, along with equally frequent examples which dispute these myths. - Publisher

Table of Contents

  • Preface p. 1
  • Introduction p. 5
  • Second-Wave Feminism and Dramatizing Rape p. 13
  • Rape Myths and Rapists p. 25
  • Female Rage p. 65
  • Antifeminist Backlash p. 96
  • Third-Wave, Postfeminism and the Commodification of Rape p. 114
  • Female Rage Revisited p. 139
  • Conclusion p. 157
  • Chapter Notes p. 167
  • Bibliography p. 179
  • Index p. 197



Publication Date


Publication Information

Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2015.


American Literature




Located in Drake Memorial Library at PS338.F48 B56 2015, Books (Top Floor)