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Beyond the BlockbustersThemes and Trends in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction$
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Rebekah Fitzsimmons and Casey Alane Wilson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496827135

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.001.0001

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“No Accident, No Mistake”: Acquaintance Rape in Recent YA Novels

“No Accident, No Mistake”: Acquaintance Rape in Recent YA Novels

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(p.171) 12 “No Accident, No Mistake”: Acquaintance Rape in Recent YA Novels
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Beyond the Blockbusters
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Roxanne Harde

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.003.0012

Following the thematic foundations set out in Laurie Halse Anderson’s germinal YA rape novel, Speak—when, how, and whom to tell about the rape; the ways in which the survivor reacts to the rape, including self-harm; the ways in which the survivor is both shamed and blamed; and ways to understand the rapist—this chapter analyzes a body of recently published novels about acquaintance rape.The scenarios in these novels work to offer readers alternate discourses about culpability and shame, detail options for survivors, and give readers access to voices too often silenced, helping them toward understanding the social codes that lead to and the circumstances that arise from acquaintance rape. At the same time, this chapter make clear, these texts often reify rape culture and undermine the progress they are working toward.

Keywords:   Acquaintance rape, rape culture, victim shaming, masculinity, rape disclosure

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