Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Keywords

Narrative, Violence against women, Therapeutic Rhetoric, Victim, Survivor, Reader Response

Abstract

This essay explores reader reviews of Alice Sebold’s memoir, Lucky, which describes her rape in college while simultaneously employing and confronting dominant rape scripts. Even so, reviews of the memoir on Amazon.com employ a therapeutic interpretation of the story that emphasizes Sebold’s ability to survive, seek justice, and recover. I argue that readers’ reliance on therapeutic rhetoric reinforces the myth that rape is a problem for individual women, rather than society as a whole, and reflects an ongoing barrier to the success of feminist anti-rape efforts.

Publication Title

Women & Language

Volume

37

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