Gender and the Representation of Evil

1st Edition

Lynne Fallwell, Keira V. Williams

Routledge
May 15, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 206 Pages
ISBN 9780367263997 - CAT# K424948

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Summary

This edited collection examines gendered representations of "evil" in history, the arts, and literature. Scholars often explore the relationships between gender, sex, and violence through theories of inequality, violence against women, and female victimization, but what happens when women are the perpetrators of violent or harmful behavior? How do we define "evil"? What makes evil men seem different from evil women? When women commit acts of violence or harmful behavior, how are they represented differently from men? How do perceptions of class, race, and age influence these representations? How have these representations changed over time, and why? What purposes have gendered representations of evil served in culture and history? What is the relationship between gender, punishment of evil behavior, and equality?

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