1st Edition

Consent Legacies, Representations, and Frameworks for the Future

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    Consent: Legacies, Representations, and Frameworks for the Future examines the conceptualisation of ‘consent’ across various historical periods, cultures, and disciplines to offer an expansive, pluralistic vision for future articulations of consent as it circulates throughout contemporary life in sexual encounters, medical contexts, and media representations.

    This volume is distinctive in its diverse conceptual scope and commitment to cross-disciplinary dialogue, accommodating perspectives on consent that are contextually sensitive and culturally diverse. The chapters examine a range of topics, from socio-cultural engagements with consent in Latin American music, feminist movements in Pakistan, and BDSM in Poland, to theoretical and pedagogical ones exploring alternative possibilities for framing and understanding consent through intersectional approaches and institutional curricula.

    Consent: Legacies, Representations, and Frameworks for the Future is of value to researchers, practitioners, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and general readers interested in histories, representations, and future possibilities of consent in its many manifestations.

    The Introduction, Afterword and Chapter 11 of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license..

    1. Introduction

    Sophie Franklin, Hannah Piercy, Arya Thampuran, and Rebecca White


    Part I: Culture and Resistance

    2. Could Briseis Consent? A Critical Comparison of Contemporary Women Writers’ Adaptations of Briseis’s Narrative

    Shelby Judge

    3. Stopping the Rapist in our Path: Resisting Rape Culture in Latin American Music and Performance Art

    Eunice Rojas

    4. Mera Jism, Meri Marzi: Crisis of Consent and Digital Mediations in Pakistan

    Iqra Shagufta Cheema

    5. Do to Me What I Could Never Ask of You: Consensual Non-Consent in BDSM and the Limits of Affirmative Consent

    Jay Szpilka


    Part II: Consent on Stage and Screen

    6. ‘You Have No Right to Do What You Like with Me’: Rape, Sexual Abuse, and Consent in African American Enslavement and its Afterlives

    Rebecca White

    7. Without Consent or Memory: Consent in Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You

    Christina Mansueti

    8. Beyond ‘Yes, and...’: Consent in the Theatre Arts Curriculum, On-stage and Off

    Natashia Lindsey and Emily A. Rollie


    Part III: Lived Experience and (Authorial) Expressions

    9. Re-establishing Identity through Testimony: The Rape Survival Narratives of Mary Hays’s The Victim of Prejudice (1799) and Mary Wollstonecraft’s Maria, or The Wrongs of Woman (1798)

    Megan Batterbee

    10. ‘A Skin of One’s Own’: Decolonising Traumatic Testimony and the Poetics of Wholeness

    Arya Thampuran

    11. ‘I wasn’t aware at the time, I could actually say “no”’: Intimacy, Expectations, and Consent in Queer Relationships

    Catherine Donovan, Kate Butterby, and Rebecca Barnes


    Part IV: Futures of Consent

    12. Troubling Technologies for Sexual Consent

    Rosanna Bellini and Hazel Dixon

    13. Sexual Offences and Defined Consent: Lessons from the Past and a Framework for the Future

    Kyle L. Murray

    14. Op-eds and Fashion Shows: The History and Future of Consent Education in Ireland

    Caroline West

    15. Consent Wars? Towards a Critical-Governmentality Approach to Consent in Post-Roe America

    Sudeshna Chatterjee

    16. Afterword

    Sophie Franklin, Hannah Piercy, Arya Thampuran, and Rebecca White


    Sophie Franklin is a postdoctoral researcher in English literature at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. She specialises in nineteenth-century literature, cultural legacies, and representations of violence from the late eighteenth century to the present.

    Hannah Piercy is a postdoctoral researcher and assistant in Medieval English Studies at the University of Bern, Switzerland. She works on medieval insular romance, consent and coercion, and sensory studies.

    Arya Thampuran is Assistant Professor at Durham University’s Institute for Medical Humanities, UK, and the Principal Investigator on the Black Health and the Humanities Network. Her research engages with how creative practitioners across the African diaspora express mental health and healing through non-biomedical modes.

    Rebecca White teaches in the Department of English Studies at Durham University, UK, where she completed an AHRC-funded doctorate on screen adaptations of nineteenth-century fiction.