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Speaking Out pp 145-175 | Cite as

Turning Rape into Fiction? Judgement, Genre and the Politics of Belief

  • Tanya Serisier
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Abstract

This chapter argues that the politics of speaking out shifts the generic and political boundaries of practices of belief and judgement. The chapter begins with an analysis of how the controversial radical feminist Andrea Dworkin was unable to obtain belief from feminists in response to her story of being raped in a Paris hotel room in 1999. It then introduces the problem of authenticity through a discussion of Katie Roiphe’s (1993) The Morning After: Sex Fear and Feminism, a text that asserted that the generic conventions that structure survivor narratives render them insufficiently authentic. Finally, it considers Laura Kipnis’ (2017) Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus and her argument that the genre of speaking out is an inappropriate genre for telling stories of sexual harassment on campus.

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  • Tanya Serisier
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  1. 1.School of LawBirkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK

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