Exploring child sexual abuse in fiction
Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a major social issue which is often depicted in fictional works such as novels, films and television series. However, these depictions are widely overlooked in literary and cultural studies and their important cultural implications are not yet understood. The EU-funded CSAReps project aims to change this by investigating the culturally significant yet neglected body of fictional works depicting CSA and exploring their potential role in shaping people's understandings of CSA. It will establish a foundational mapping of representational strategies in CSA fictions; undertake an empirical investigation of audience responses to CSA fictions; and explore links between the representational strategies and audience responses, establishing a model that sketches the relationship between CSA fictions and their effects.
- HORIZON.1.1 - European Research Council (ERC) Main Programme