Narratives of Child Sexual Abuse (MLI2207)

15 credits

This module is open to all students of the University of Exeter, and reading across different cultures is encouraged. – ‘The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish them from consciousness’ (Herman). Child sexual abuse is one of such violations, it is widespread, and it is helpful (and, perhaps, morally required) to discuss it. In this research-led module you will study the conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud as it appears in novels or short stories written in the past 150 years. Texts by Ferenczi, Freud and Herman provide the essential theoretical background.