Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 February 2020

296 Pages

9.21 x 6.14 inches

ISBN: 9781474461849

Bookseller Code (06)

Writing Shame

Gender, Contemporary Literature and Negative Affect

Kaye Mitchell

Published by Edinburgh University Press

  • Considers the particular intersection of shame, gender and writing in literature produced since the 1990s
  • Views shame as a constitutive factor in the social construction and experience of femininity
  • Analyses a diverse range of texts from pulp to literary fiction to life writing and autofiction, with a self-reflexive focus on the formal disjunctions produced by/in the writing of shame, and on the shame attending the act of writing itself
  • Offers political readings of neglected genres (lesbian pulp fiction), highly topical texts (like Kraus's I Love Dick and Knausgaard's My Struggle), and established authors (such as Mary Gaitskill and A.M. Homes)