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Narrow nowhere universes, child rape and convict transportation in Scotland and Van Diemen's Land, 1839-1853


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Dunning, TP (2007) Narrow nowhere universes, child rape and convict transportation in Scotland and Van Diemen's Land, 1839-1853. Scottish Historical Review, 86 (1). pp. 113-125. ISSN 0036-9241

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There are two general types of scholarly approaches to past sexual violence directed at females. First, there are the trans-historical approaches of feminist theorists who see male sexuality as a constant and rape as a major
trans-cultural social force, part of a male strategy of power and domination. Second, many historians of gender want to, as Garthine Walker writes, ‘locate
rape as historically specific rather than as a trans historical phenomenon…no longer characterised by silence but by a desire to listen to and to analyse the testimonies of raped and sexually assaulted women, alleged rapists and witnesses’. There is an attempt to read the narratives of sexual assault in terms of the cultural conventions of the time and to study the narrative structure, the use of language and metaphor, and the silences and evasions.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Scottish Historical Review
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Page Range: pp. 113-125
ISSN: 0036-9241
Identification Number - DOI: 10.3366/shr.2007.0037
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Copyright © 2007 Edinburgh University Press

Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:12
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:33
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