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Writing Shame: Gender, Contemporary Literature and Negative Affect

Kaye Mitchell


Writing Shame examines the intersection of shame, gender and writing in contemporary literature. Through readings of an array of recent texts – literary and popular, fictional and autofictional, realist and experimental – the book maps out a contemporary, Western, shame culture. Shame is presented here as an emotion of self-assessment, a peculiarly social experience, and a culturally pervasive affect with particular pertinence for understanding contemporary constructions of gendered subjectivity, expressions and experiences of sexual desire, the complexities of embodiment, and social processes ... More

Keywords: shame, contemporary literature, gender, sexuality, feminism, queer theory, affect theory, femininity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474461849
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kaye Mitchell, author