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When She Refuses to Settle: Reading Adolescent Female Sexuality and Sexual Abuse in the Poetry of Genna Gardini and Kate Lilley

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posted on 2016-04-02, 00:00 authored by Ann VickeryAnn Vickery
This essay compares the representations of adolescent sexual abuse and female sexuality in the poetry of South African poet Genna Gardini and Australian poet Kate Lilley. It explores Sabine Sielke's contention that differences in sexuality have predominantly constructed female sexuality as victimisation. In contrast, contemporary poets like Gardini and Lilley unsettle such alignment, demonstrating not only its constitutive limits but also providing a counter-discourse of radicalised agency.

History

Journal

Wasafiri

Volume

31

Pagination

68-73

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0269-0055

eISSN

1747-1508

Language

English

Publication classification

X Not reportable, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, The Author

Issue

2

Publisher

Taylor & Francis