As my co-editor and I establish in our introduction, 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, this volume demonstrates how shame structures women’s relationships and shapes women’s identities. In examining works by women authors from around the world, it provides an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective on female shame.
Erica L. Johnson Associate Professor of English, Wagner College, New York.
Publications related to the project
The Female Face of Shame (Indiana University Press, 2013) (includes co-authored introduction and one chapter)