In this introductory chapter, we outline the rationale behind our creation of this interdisciplinary volume, observing the multiple sites within contemporary culture where rape culture, gender violence, and religion intersect. We also outline the contents of each chapter, noting how the authors engage critically and creatively with the topic at hand, drawing on different disciplinary approaches and methods, including anthropology, theology, biblical studies, gender and queer studies, politics, modern history, art history, linguistics, religious studies, English literature, and creative writing. Together, these interdisciplinary approaches resist the tendency to oversimplify the complexity of the multiple connections between religion, gender violence, and rape culture; rather, they offer readers a multi-vocal and multi-perspectival view of this crucial subject.
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