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Rape Jokes and the Law

Simon Dickie

in Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226146188
eISBN:
9780226146201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226146201.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa brought to eighteenth-century British culture an awareness of sexual violence. Despite the sadoeroticism in sentimental rape plots, these fictions created an environment ... More


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