From Fritzl to #Metoo: Twelve Years of Rape Coverage in the British Press

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This is the first longitudinal study of the language used by the British press to talk about rape. Through a diachronic analysis informed by corpus linguistics and feminist theory, Tranchese examines how rape discourse has (or has not) changed over the past decade. With its detailed investigation of media representations, the book explores how age-old myths about sexual violence re-emerge in different forms within news narratives. Against the backdrop of twelve years of newspaper coverage of rape, including many high-profile cases, this study also traces the rise of “celebrity culture”, the emergence of #metoo, and the development of the backlash against it. The author places these historical events and recent trends within broader debates on feminism and the role played by (social) media in shaping contemporary rape discourse. This book provides a much-needed linguistic analysis which will be of particular interest to scholars and students of feminist studies, language and gender, corpus-assisted discourse studies, and gendered crime.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages436
ISBN (Electronic)9783031093531
ISBN (Print)9783031093555, 9783031093524
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2023

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Language, Gender and Sexuality
ISSN (Print)2947-9169
ISSN (Electronic)2947-9177

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