DVAM / Week Without Violence 2013
ForumThe Women of Troy Forums (PDF Flyer)
The Women's Studies Program is collaborating with director, Ben Slate (PhD Candidate,
Theatre), to host three (3) forums during the week of October 21st.
October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month - DVAM and encourages
communities to think and act towards a world without violence. Through these forums
we intend to bring awareness to how violence against women within the production
of The Women of Troy is used as a theme or plot device. The theme of rape in drama
spans centuries, cultures, and societies. Ben has coordinated three forum topics
to help our audience ask questions and consider how the use of rape narratives exists
as a phenomenon of western culture and treated the subject as culturally normative,
comically titillating, as theft of male property, and as an acceptable and inevitable
About the Play
Euripides's play follows the fates of the women of Troy after their city has been
sacked, their husbands killed, and as their remaining families are about to be taken
away as slaves. Since its production in 415 BC, the play has stood as a controversial
outcry against the subjugation of women by men, particularly during wartime, and
is an enduring comment on our modern world. We will explore, through the lens of
feminist rape theory, both the spoken and unspoken assumptions concerning male power
and dominance, women as sexual property, and the cultural normalization and acceptance
of wartime rape.
October 21 | Women of Troy Forum #1 | Noon - 1:00 p.m. | University Library | Teaching Learning
& Professional Development Center RM 152
Dr. Dorothy Chansky, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance and Affiliated
Faculty with the Women's Studies Program Lecture: "Guns and Ruses: Violence and the Everyday in Three American 'Women's' Plays"
A funny thing happened on the way to the Pulitzer Prize. In 1981, when Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart won in the Drama category, there had been no female winner for twenty-three years.
Two year later, Marsha Norman would win for 'night, Mother. Both plays feature suicide as key means of responding to overall, unarticulated unhappiness,
and in both plays guns make an appearance. Suicide has a long history as the exit
of choice for plays depicting "fallen" women, but the women in these plays are ordinary,
middle- or lower-middle-class mothers whose motives are not explained away by catastrophes
or social ostracism. In 1988, Karen Finley--one of the NEA Four and notorious as
the "chocolate smeared women"--added her own voice to the suicide-in-the family genre.
Here, though, in her trademark style of over-the-top vulgarity, the violence internalized
by the ordinary woman is turned on the audience in a no-holds-barred explosion of
chopped meat and spilled jello, incest and abandonment, jealousy, too much alcohol,
and body odors, using the everyday to cry out against the taken-for-granted second-class
status that more "normal" characters bury or refuse to challenge.
October 22 | Women of Troy Forum #2 | Noon - 1:00 p.m. | University Library | Teaching Learning
& Professional Development Center RM 152
Ben Slate Lecture: "Daughters of Troy/the Unspoken Scream: Theatre and the Normalization of Wartime Rape"
What does the international community’s lack of response say about persistent trans-cultural
attitudes concerning rape in wartime? Is rape something that “just happens” as an
inevitable or unavoidable by-product of war? Has the direct inclusion (overt) and
implied occurrence (covert exclusion) of rape narratives shaped our cultural views
on wartime rape? How have rape narratives been expressed in plays about wartime?
How have our western cultural norms, attitudes and beliefs about sexuality, masculinity,
femininity, and gender roles contributed to the normalization of wartime rape?
- October 23 | Women of Troy Forum #3 | Noon - 1:00 p.m. | University Library | Teaching Learning
& Professional Development Center RM 151
Ben Slate Lecture: "Rape Narratives: A Case for Violence in Representation"
Rape, used as a theme or plot device, in both covert and overt forms has been a prevalent
dramatic instrument throughout history. The theme of rape in drama spans centuries,
cultures, and societies. From Aeschylus's Agamemnon, to Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, to Tennessee Williams's A Street Car Named Desire, the use ofrape narrativesexists as a phenomenon of western culture that has treated
the subject as culturally normative, comically titillating, as theft of male property,
and as an acceptable and inevitable consequence of war. Often the narratives are front
and center in the theatrical action and discourse. At other times, the presence of
rape narratives is relegated to the background, quietly taken for granted. What is
the place of violence in theatrical representation? Is it exploitation or revelation?
- Registration for these events is FREE. Please go to the link provided and click on
"schedule of events" on the left side of the page to find the event and register.
For non-TTU personnel please contact the TLPDC at (806) 742-0133 to register. Link
to register: http://www.tlpd.ttu.edu/home/index.asp
- Space is limited please register today.
For more information please contact Tricia Earl, Coordinator
"Hands of Hope Drive" October 1, 2013 - November 15, 2013
The Women's Studies Program (drop off in DOAK Hall RM 125) is the campus location participating in the collection of items to help benefit
those that reside at Women's Protective Services feel loved and at home.
- Blankets, Comforters, Sheets, Pillows
- Mattress Protectors, Covers, Towels
- Female Hygiene Products, Diapers, Baby Wipes
- Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Kleenex
- Laundry Supplies
- Laundry Baskets
- Cleaning Supplies
- Office Supplies
- Safety Pins, Sewing Kits
Winter items (Shoes, Socks, Mittens, Gloves, Toboggans)
- Basic Toiletry items (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant)
For more information about Women's Protective Services click on
the Newsletter "The Purple Ribbon".