Artemisia's Revenge: Rape and Art in the Work of Jean-Luc Nancy

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Miranda Dawn Pilipchuk


This paper draws its inspiration from Artemisia Gentileschi, who was both a survivor of rape and a painter of rape. It argues that in the work of Jean-Luc Nancy, images of violence structurally oppose physical occurrences of violence by reestablishing the importance of the victim of violence, and by bringing violence back into the realm of meaningful speech. Nancy’s thought indicates that artists in general, and Artemisia Gentileschi in particular, can resist the force of violence through the artistic depiction of violence.

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Miranda Dawn Pilipchuk, Villanova University

Miranda Pilipchuk is a second-year PhD student in the department of Philosophy. She received her B.A. from The King’s University College in 2010, and spent two years undertaking graduate work at the University of Alberta before moving to Villanova in 2012. Pilipchuk currently holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, and is an Editorial Assistant at Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Her primary area of research is feminist philosophy, with a special focus on issues of sexual violence.