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’?
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
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.