What do we really know about rapists? Who are they? Why do they act as they do? What can we do to stop them? By looking at the way sexually violent people have acted and been understood in past societies, we can think differently about violence today.
Joanna Bourke is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the prize-winning author of nine books, including histories on modern warfare, military medicine, psychology and psychiatry, the emotions, pain, and rape. One of her books is Rape: A History from the 1860s to the Present (2007).
The reading for this lecture is Joanna Bourke, Rape: A History from 1860s to the Present (London: Virago, 2007), chapter2 and 3 (pp. 21-88).
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