A Christian Harem: Ravished Armenia and the Representation of the Armenian Woman in the International Press

  • Benedetta Guerzoni
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide book series (PSHG)


As is now well known, the Armenian genocide was largely denounced to the Western public through the media, from different points of view and for different reasons — war propaganda, diplomatic and pacifist actions — but in any case it was widely known (Kloian, 2000).1 In this context, the representation of the genocide followed the communication lines already in use in this period of modern warfare: the victims of enemy atrocities; orphans and children as undefended subjects; women as powerful religious symbols, associated with the Christian Virgin Mary and Mother; and, at the same time, women as object of the most depraved projections of sexual violence: a symptomatic dichotomy of the typical polarization in the atmosphere of war.


Sexual Violence Western Medium Female Protagonist European Racism Armenian Genocide 


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