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Shame and Modern Writing

1st Edition

Edited by Barry Sheils, Julie Walsh


258 pages

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pub: 2018-03-13
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Shame and Modern Writing seeks to uncover the presence of shame in and across a vast array of modern writing modalities. This interdisciplinary volume includes essays from distinguished and emergent scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and shorter practice-based reflections from poets and clinical writers. It serves as a timely reflection of shame as presented in modern writing, giving added attention to engagements on race, gender, and the question of new media representation.

Table of Contents


Notes on Contributors

1 Introduction: Shame and Modern Writing

Barry Sheils and Julie Walsh

2 Montaigne’s writing: ‘honteux insolent’?

Elizabeth Guild

3 Shamefulness and Modernity: remarks on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 129

Thomas Osborne

4 Lyric Shame

Denise Riley

5 Writing to Spare One’s Blushes: Jean Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions and the Automation of Confidence

Christopher John Müller

6 Between Shame and Guilt: Lord Jim and the Confounding of Distinctions

James Brown

7 Black and Ashamed: Deconstructing Race in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

Zlatan Filipovic

8 The Body that Race Built: Shame, Trauma and Lack in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and God Help the Child

Sheldon George

9 ‘The lyric a form / of shame management’?

John Goodby

10 Vulnerability and Vulgarity: The Uses of Shame in the Work of Dodie Bellamy

Kaye Mitchell

11 Writing Shame and Disgust in Susan Gubar’s Memoir of a Debulked Woman

J. Brooks Bouson

12 On Writing-Up: shame and clinical writing

Oliver Sacks and Julie Walsh

13 Shame and Plagiarism

Charles Turner

14 "Dance Like Nobody's Watching": The Mediated Shame of Academic Publishing

Martin Paul Eve

15 Cultural Capital and the Shameful University

Thomas Docherty


About the Editors

Barry Sheils is an Assistant Professor in twentieth and twenty-first century literature at Durham University, where he is also an associate director of the Centre for Cultural Ecologies. He is the author of W.B. Yeats and World Literature: The Subject of Poetry (Routledge), and co-editor of Narcissism, Melancholia and the Subject of Community (Palgrave).

Julie Walsh is a Lecturer in Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, and a psychoanalyst in private practice. She is the author of Narcissism and Its Discontents (Palgrave), and co-editor of Narcissism, Melancholia and the Subject of Community (Palgrave). She is also a member of The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 21st Century