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The Elusive/Ubiquitous Representation of Rape: A Historical Survey of Rape in U.S. Film, 1903-1972

Sarah Projansky
Cinema Journal
Vol. 41, No. 1 (Autumn, 2001), pp. 63-90
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225562
Page Count: 28
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The Elusive/Ubiquitous Representation of Rape: A Historical Survey of Rape in U.S. Film, 1903-1972
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Abstract

This article offers a historical analysis of rape in U.S. films from 1903 to 1972, using a critical feminist perspective that addresses gender, class, race, nationality, and their intersectionality. Despite the fact that the Hollywood Production Code forbade rape scenes, rape did appear; however, the strategies for representing it shifted. This essay examines the ubiquitous representations of implicit and explicit rape during this period and argues that rape is a central theme in American cinema.

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