The Female Face of Shame

The Female Face of Shame

Edited by Erica L. Johnson and Patricia Moran
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/25/2013
Format: paper 280 pages
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-00863-3
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The female body, with its history as an object of social control, expectation, and manipulation, is central to understanding the gendered construction of shame. Through the study of 20th-century literary texts, The Female Face of Shame explores the nexus of femininity, female sexuality, the female body, and shame. It demonstrates how shame structures relationships and shapes women's identities. Examining works by women authors from around the world, these essays provide an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective on the representations, theories, and powerful articulations of women's shame.

Author Bio

Erica L. Johnson is Associate Professor of English at Wagner College in New York. She is author of Caribbean Ghostwriting and Home, Maison, Casa: The Politics of Location in Works by Jean Rhys, Marguerite Duras, and Erminia Dell'Oro.

Patricia Moran is author of Word of Mouth: Body/Language in Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf and Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, and the Aesthetics of Trauma, and editor (with Tamar Heller) of Scenes of the Apple: Food and the Female Body in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Women’s Writing.

Reviews

"This collection features well written, carefully researched essays that analyze an impressive range of fictional, autobiographical, theoretical, and (in one case) cinematic texts. It exemplifies feminist scholarship of the highest order and offers a timely intervention. This is a powerful collection with impressive interdisciplinary strengths." —Mary K. DeShazer, Wake Forest University

"Written by an impressive group of outstanding scholars, the essays in this book make a compelling case for the important connections between shame and femininity across a diverse set of cultural and national contexts.
The Female Face of Shame shows us both the damage shame does and its powerful capacity to generate subjectivities, practices and modes of belonging. Johnson and Moran’s volume will be an extremely valuable resource for scholars working in or around affect studies and women’s and gender studies." —Jonathan Flatley, Wayne State University

"Recommended." —
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1. Bodies of Shame
1. The Other Woman: Xenophobia and Shame \ Jocelyn Eighan
2. Rape, Trauma, and Shame in Samira Bellil's Dans l'enfer des tournantes \ Nicole Fayard
3. A Bloody Shame: Angela Carter's Shameless Postmodern Fairy Tales \ Suzette A. Henke
4. "Ecrire pour ne plus avoir honte": Christine Angot's and Annie Ernaux's Shameless Bodies \ Natalie Edwards
5. Interactions of Disability Pride and Shame \ Eliza Chandler

Part 2. Families of Shame
6. Colonial Shame in Michelle Cliff's Abeng \ Erica L. Johnson
7. Ancestors and Aliens: Queer Transformations and Affective Estrangement in Octavia Butler's Fiction \ Frann Michel
8. Daughters of the House of Shame \ Sinead McDermott
9. "Bound and Gagged with Thread": Shame, Female Development, and the Künstlerroman Tradition in Cora Sandel's The Alberta Trilogy \ Patricia Moran
10. Girl World and Bullying: Intersubjective Shame in Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye \ Laura Martocci
11. Affliction in Jean Rhys and Simone Weil \ Tamar Heller

Part 3. Nations of Shame
12. Coping with National Shames through Chinese Women's Bodies: Glorified or Mortified? \ Peiling Zhao
13. Shamed Bodies: Partition Violence and Women \ Namrata Mitra
14. Interrogating the Place of Lajja (Shame) in Contemporary Mauritius \ Karen Lindo
15. Shame and Belonging in Postcolonial Algeria \ Anna Rocca

Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index
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