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’?
3 Shamefulness and Modernity: remarks on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 129
4 Lyric Shame
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
7 Black and Ashamed: Deconstructing Race in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man
8 The Body that Race Built: Shame, Trauma and Lack in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and God Help the Child
9 ‘The lyric a form / of shame management’?
10 Vulnerability and Vulgarity: The Uses of Shame in the Work of Dodie Bellamy
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
14 "Dance Like Nobody's Watching": The Mediated Shame of Academic Publishing
Martin Paul Eve
15 Cultural Capital and the Shameful University
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.