Who are the victims in your story? Be prepared to change your ideas at this illuminating seminar, which will look at what is known about victimisation, and of victim narratives, and how this contrasts with the way victims are commonly represented in fiction.
Victimology developed out of early academic research into the role individual victims play in their own victimisation, often citing causes such as victim ‘precipitation’, ‘lifestyle’ and ‘culpability’. Such thinking can still be found in the framing of victim narratives today, both in fact and fiction.
But more recently many victimologists have refocused the question ‘who is the victim?’, which has allowed for a greater understanding of what victim narratives involve. The impact has been considerable in making visible hitherto hidden forms of victimisation.
These changes in thinking provide a starting point to contrast what we now know about victims with the way they are often represented in fiction.