Western women, teenage shota and fan-fiction: criminal, subversive, rebellious or cathartic?
AbstractWestern Women, Teenage Shota and Fan-Fiction explores and discusses the contemporary revival of the literary archetype of the Boy – youthful, vivacious and eroticised - by heterosexual Western women, writing in the increasingly popular literary genre of slash fan-fiction. Within three chapters, this study will determine to what extent the writing of erotic teenage shota fiction is criminal, subversive, rebellious against heteronormative romance structures, or cathartic. Chapter One provides an overview of existing psychoanalytic theories and cultural discourses, before moving on to textual analysis of these stories within Chapters Two and Three. This study will explore the ways in which identification with the erotic scene and characters is facilitated by detailed sensory depictions, language and narrative style. By combining this textual analysis with ethnographic research into the fan communities in which these stories are hosted, this study will collect both quantitative and qualitative data to explore existing psychoanalytic and cultural theories regarding slash fiction and its audience. Western Women, Teenage Shota and Fan-Fiction argues that in the majority of Western societies, taboo and erotic literature that does not depict an actual Boy is not criminal. Although the stigma attached to the genre compels its audience to operate within subversive online communities, there is little in the creative work itself that is rebellious against traditional structures of romance fiction. However, in Chapter Three this study explores authorial engagement with the Boy and the text, with both an objective and subjective perspective, to determine the extent to which the writing and reading of erotic teenage shota fiction functions as a cathartic outlet for taboo female eroticism. This study aims to challenge the pervading cultural stereotypes and moral panics that are associated with this subversive, legitimate subgenre of popular literature – and to illuminate a contemporary shift in female sexual fantasy without prejudice, and within the pedagogy of the academic discipline of Creative Writing.
Spacey, Ashton (2012) Western women, teenage shota and fan-fiction: criminal, subversive, rebellious or cathartic? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.