1st Edition

Shame and Modern Writing

Edited By Barry Sheils, Julie Walsh Copyright 2018
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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



    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.