The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Women’s Art in the U.S

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Posted by Dorothy Lander

Cultural Comment in The New Yorker by Jia Tolentino, staff writer.

Jia Tolentino re-writes Ovid’s Metamorphoses through the lens of Me Too.

As Alpheus caught up to her, Arethusa prayed to Diana. “Cold sweat / Poured over my limbs,” she tells Ceres, and then, suddenly, “wherever I moved / There seemed to be a pool.” She became a deep spring, plunging beneath the earth. “But even so, he knew me,” she says. “He laid aside his human shape, became / A river again, a watery shape, to join me.” I

The Shiva Gallery at John Jay College is currently home to an exhibition called “The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Women’s Art in the U.S.,” in which the male depiction of rape as a triumphant act of conquest is wholly absent.

 

~ by artpoped on November 4, 2018.

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