Rape and the Black Experience: A Literary Response

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Shubhanku Kochar

Call for Chapter

Tentative Title- Rape and the Black Experience: A Literary Response

Concept Note

As per most of the definitions, rape is defined as non-consensual penetration of either the vagina or the anus. However, it is not merely physical, though it is rooted in biology, but its impacts are psychological in nature. Its consequences are experienced not only by the victim but by the victimizer as well. In almost all the cultures, rape is deployed as a weapon of domination by patriarchy. The penultimate threat for a woman, as it has been observed since centuries, is the fear of being raped. Through rape, patriarchy has often exercised absolute hegemony.

Every culture/society has responded to the idea of rape in its unique way. Some societies are quick in punishing the rapists whereas some give the victimizers a chance to argue their cases. What is most common is the fact that most often the perpetrators go scot free and the victim is held responsible by the society and discriminated against. Black Women like any other have confronted the violence of rape, but their suffering is slightly unique because of their position in history and society. They have been ravished in Africa during colonial expansion and they have been violated in the new world during the times of slavery. They have been defiled by the White men and they have been corrupted by the Black men. Sometimes, they have been deflowered by their own fathers and brothers and at other times they have been despoiled by the system itself.

This anthology seeks to address the following issues through literary representations:

  1. Rape in pre-colonial Africa
  2. Rape in colonial Africa
  3. Rape in post-colonial/independent Africa
  4. Rape and apartheid
  5. Rape and civil wars in Africa
  6. Rape and AIDS in Africa
  7. Rape and 21st Century migration from Africa to Europe
  8. Rape and trans-Atlantic Slave-trade
  9. Rape and Plantation-Era
  10. Rape and Jim Crow
  11. Rape and Harlem Renaissance
  12. Rape and Civil Rights Movement in America
  13. Rape and American South
  14. Rape and American North
  15. Black Men raping White Women
  16. White Women raping Black Men
  17. Black Men raping Black Women
  18. Black Men raping their own daughters

The contributors are requested to adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. The chapters should be between 5000-7000 words.
  2. The chapters should be typed in Microsoft Word and should strictly follow MLA 8th Edition. The font should be Times New Roman with the size being 12 throughout with single-spacing.
  3. The last date of submitting the abstracts of not more than 250 words is 15 Feb 2020. All the selected contributors shall be notified on or before 20th. Feb The chapters will have to be submitted on or before 31st March. The anthology will be published in June 2020.

Note: The Anthology would be published by a renowned international publisher and each contributor would be entitled for a personal copy.

All queries and submissions may be directed to the following:

Dr. Nandini C. Sen          

Associate Professor         

Department of English, Bharti College, Delhi University          




Dr. Shubhanku Kochar

Assistant Professor

Department of English, University School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi