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Female sexual agency and male victims
Jenny DiPlacidi

distemper’d – no – I must not strike – I dare not punish what you dar’d commit”’ (pp. 246–7). The Countess orders him: ‘“Give me the steel – my arm will not recoil!”’ (p. 247). As she stabs herself with Edmund’s sword, the Countess takes agency, again, away from her son in a final act of suicidal, metaphorical rape. The play concludes with Edmund rushing off to war as he commands the clergy

in Gothic incest