Humiliation: And Other Essays on Honor, Social Discomfort, and Violence

Humiliation: And Other Essays on Honor, Social Discomfort, and Violence

by William Ian Miller
     
 

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'In an illuminating and darkly intelligent study, William Miller...has revealed...humiliation as the closet dominatrix she is, an emotion whose power to discipline us makes the world go round...Miller makes his pages blaze and roar...by throwing another handful of hollow complacencies upon the fire....The five essays making up this book...are about the persistence of… See more details below

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'In an illuminating and darkly intelligent study, William Miller...has revealed...humiliation as the closet dominatrix she is, an emotion whose power to discipline us makes the world go round...Miller makes his pages blaze and roar...by throwing another handful of hollow complacencies upon the fire....The five essays making up this book...are about the persistence of the norm of reciprocity in our daily lives, about the ways in which shame and envy and especially humiliation sustain 'cultures of honor' to this day.'-Speculum

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Miller, educated as a literary critic and philologist, is a historian of medieval Iceland who is employed as a law professor. He writes about emotions across time and culture, drawing on his own experience, the Iceland of the sagas, the Middle English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and other literary works. His theme is the way in which ancient codes of honor still function in contemporary life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"In an illuminating and darkly intelligent study, Miller has revealed humiliation as the closet dominatrix she is, an emotion whose power to discipline us makes the world go round. . . . Miller makes his pages blaze and roar by throwing another handful of hollow complacencies upon the fire. . . . The five essays making up this book are about the persistence of the norm of reciprocity in our daily lives, about the possibility of tracking emotions across time and culture, and about the ways in which shame and envy and especially humiliation sustain 'cultures of honor' to this day."—Speculum

"Translating emotions over time and across cultures is Miller's major methodological challenge—and he meets it with ranging and learned references, a wry and unpretentious style, and a genuine respect for the power of those ancient, forgotten sources on which modern social exchange depends."—Kirkus Reviews

"Miller deploys the resources of a host of disparate disciplines in order to reveal the remarkable richness of certain emotional experiences—emotions that help shape the words and actions of human beings when they perform the immensely complex work ofmaintaining the social worlds that they construct, and which help construct them. In doing so, he has written a unique and valuable book."—Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801428814
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
11/02/1993
Series:
9/28/2005
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.95(d)
Lexile:
1380L (what's this?)

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