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The loathsome, the rough type and the monster: the violence and wounding of media texts on rape
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2008 (English)In: Sex, Violence and the Body. The Erotics of Wounding., New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, 194-211 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter engages with a significant contemporary dimension of the subject of rape: that is, the violence and wounding of textual representations produced in media. It aims to explore a case of serial rape in the Swedish press and develop a reflexive meta narrative based on memory work and auto/biography. The chapter focuses on the function of authors and authoritarian voices and analyses the consequences of wounding that the act of sexualised and embodied speech actually does. Textual and visual symbolic representations of “the loathsome”, “the rough type” and “the monster” constitute the focus for critical exploration. Interpretations of “the loathsome” show how powerful speech develops around the act of naming and how journalist authoring constitutes a site to express anger and domination. By adapting a scrutinizing observing gaze, media portray “the rough type” as equal to a criminal (mind) and body. Finally, dichotomisation of good fathering and ruthless serial rapist constitute a base for the image of evil/“the monster”. One of the problems with media coverage in the case studied is that it creates representation of stereotype men/women, rapists/murderers and draws attention away from institutional relations of violence between men and women. Autobiography and memory work are used as reflective methodologies which allow the researcher to locate herself within the text, and in relation to what goes on outside the text. Autobiography, as a form of life writing, allows the contextualisation of how different and changeable conditions in the life of the researcher impact on, and are affected by, the study. As a result, the reader may engage with how the researcher struggles to resist the violent categorisation of the passive victim, which the text imposes on women. Indeed, this chapter wishes to invite its readers to think about some of the often neglected dimensions of emotions tied to fear, guilt and constant doubts of the academic author, when texts studied are already inhabited by dominant authors with the potential to exercise violence. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 194-211 p.
Keyword [en]
rape, media, Swedish press, Hagaman, textual representation, academic authoring, violence, wounding
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Social Work Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-6861Local ID: 6055ISBN: 9780230549340 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-6861DiVA: diva2:113944
Available from: 2008-11-13 Created: 2008-11-02 Last updated: 2011-12-21Bibliographically approved

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