Embodied Shame: Uncovering Female Shame in Contemporary Women's Writings

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Examines how twentieth-century women writers depict female bodily shame and trauma.
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“Bouson attracts immediate attention with her compelling title. After a tight introduction, the author offers chapters on works worthy of intense critical analysis … Throughout, Bouson provides clear considerations of where and how these works will extend the discourse of shame theory, which is a relatively new area of scholarly work.” — CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438427287
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2010
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Brooks Bouson is Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of Jamaica Kincaid: Writing Memory, Writing Back to the Mother and Quiet As It’s Kept: Shame, Trauma, and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison, both also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Part I Coming of Age, Coming to Shame: The Parental and Cultural Transmission of Sexual, Racial, and Class Shame

Chapter 2 The Humiliations of the Female Flesh in Alice Munro's: Lives of Girls and Women 19

Chapter 3 Family Violence, Incest, and White-Trash Shame in Dorothy Allison's: Bastard out of Carolina 35

Chapter 4 Racial Self-Loathing and the Color Complex in Toni Morrison's: The Bluest Eye and Marita Golden's Don't Play in the Sun 53

Chapter 5 Sexual Shame, Family Honor, and the Mother-Daughter Relationship in Edwidge Danticat's: Breath, Eyes, Memory 71

Chapter 6 Coming of Age in a Culture of Shame in Naomi Wolf's: Promiscuities 87

Part II Speaking a Kind of Body Language: Shamed Bodies and Spoiled Identities in the Contemporary Culture of Appearances

Chapter 7 Feeling Fat, Fearing Fat in Jenefer Shute's Life-Size and Judith Moore's Fat Girls: A True Story 105

Chapter 8 The Culture of Appearances and the Socially Invisible and Unattractive Woman in Anita Brookner's Look at Me, Doris Lessing's The Summary before the Dark, and Fay Weldon's: The Life and Loves of a She-Devil 125

Chapter 9 Gerontophobia and the Cultural Shaming of the Elderly Woman in May Sarton's As We Are Now and Margaret Laurence's: The Stone Angel 147

Chapter 10 Writing the Disfigured and Disabled Body-Self in Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face and Nancy Mairs's: Plaintext, Carnal Acts, and Waist-High in the World 163

Chapter 11 In Conclusion 181

Notes 185

Works Cited 207

Index 219

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