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Representing Rape

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Susan EhrlichYork University, Toronto, Canada

ISBN13: 9780415205214
ISBN: 0415205212
Published: January 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Format: Hardback
Price: £105.00

This is a feminist analysis of the language of sexual assault trials from the perspective of linguistics. The author argues that language is central to all legal settings, specifically sexual harrassment and aquaintance rape hearings. The book is based on evidence from case studies.

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Acknowledgements Notes on transcription Introduction 1. The institutional coerciveness of legal discourse 2. ""My shirt came off...I gather that I took it off"": The accused's grammar of non-agency 3. ""I see an option...I simply want to explore that option with you"": Questions and ideological work 4. ""I didn't yell...I didn't scream"": Complainants' inneffectual agency or strategic agency? 5. ""The signals...between men and women are not being read correctly"": Miscommunication and acquaintance rape Conclusion Bibliography Index