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A critique of testimonies and an art of surviving: Rwandanese genocidal rape survivors, incest and stranger rape survivors

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dc.contributor.author Gless, Kathleen M.E.
dc.creator Gless, Kathleen M.E.
dc.date 2008-04-24
dc.date.accessioned 2008-06-06T13:35:23Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en
dc.date.available 2008-06-06T13:35:23Z
dc.date.issued 2008-06-06T13:35:23Z
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/3064
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores and critiques the ways in which testimonies of genocidal rape, incest and stranger rape, affect and are affected by community surviving practices. This thesis is written to continue discussions of subjectivity and feminism. This includes issues of sexual violence and the ethics involved in bearing witness for the individual survivor and her/his community. Within these critiques I begin to explore what it will take to create a safe space within practices of surviving. Testimony is a discourse that helps us better understand sexual violence and practices of surviving sexual violence. Testimonies confront and challenge what it means to survive and what it means to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of sexual violence. An art of surviving must recognize a fundamental need to share experience without suggesting what that shared experience must be. We are all responsible for sexual violence. We are also responsible for the burden survivors carry as we call upon her/him to bear witness to the experience of rape.
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject feminism en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject subjectivity en_US
dc.subject subject en_US
dc.subject philosophy en_US
dc.subject humility en_US
dc.title A critique of testimonies and an art of surviving: Rwandanese genocidal rape survivors, incest and stranger rape survivors en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies en
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Interdisciplinary Studies en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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