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The Politics of Survivorship Incest, Women's Literature, and Feminist Theory by Rosaria Champagne

The Politics of Survivorship Incest, Women's Literature, and Feminist Theory


The Politics of Survivorship Incest, Women's Literature, and Feminist Theory by Rosaria Champagne

The topic of incest began to emerge in the early 1990s, producing a spate of television specials and providing the material for a surging industry of talk shows as well as an anti-feminist campaign against incest survivors and their therapists. The validity, reality, and readability of recovered memories of incest has become a highly contested and difficult subject. This heightened interest has benefited incest survivors, according to Rosaria Champagne, by allowing them to speak up and make political their experiences. Victims, formerly entwined in their own abuse by remaining silent, have learned to voice their protest and to challenge the societal order that allows incest to occur. In The Politics of Survivorship Champagne explores a range of cultural representations of incest, from the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley to mother-daughter incest in contemporary true crime novels, to Oprah Winfrey's television special Scared Silent, in order to examine expressions of survivorship. In the process, Champagne attempts to level the disparity and the hierarchy of value among theory, literature, popular culture and social movements. Champagne makes a powerful argument that community and academic feminists should embrace survivorship as a potential site of feminist political intervention into patriarchy and heterosexism. She concludes with a critical look at the way in which the False Memory Syndrome Foundation has conducted an anti-feminist campaign against incest survivors and their therapists.


What sets [Dynamic Functional Interaction (DFI) theory] apart and makes it fresh is the quality of the synthesis, the thought behind the organizational framework, and the amount of research, not just on American adolescents but in places as far-flung as Costa Rica, Scotland, and the Philippines. also offers an exhaustive list of protocols for practitioners, including a step-by-step approach to the group-therapy treatment she developed called the Peer Arena Lens... Seltzer has a number of detailed case studies in , and the book offers insights and tips gleaned from her own private practice to help practioners understand- and treat- their adolescent patients. -The Pennsylvania Gazette, An excellent guide for clinicians in their treatment of adolescents and young adults. Seltzer outlines a clear and practical road map to address both specific behavioral problems, as well as the normal struggles of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. . . . An invaluable addition to any therapist's library of treatment resources.'-Daniel J. Sonkin, author of Learning to Live Without Violence

About the Author

Rosaria Champagne is Assistant Professor of English at Syracuse University.

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Publication date

1st June 1998


Rosaria Champagne

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New York University Press


256 pages


Literary studies: general
Sociology: family & relationships
Feminism & feminist theory



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