|About the Book|
How does physical, emotional, and sexual abuse shape womens perceptions of their bodies and identities? How are womens psyches affected by the sexual, racial, and cultural denigration that occurs when womens bodies are represented as defective, spoiled, damaged, or dirtied? Embodied Shame skillfully explores these questions in the context of recent writings by North American women, contributing to work in shame theory and to feminist analyses of the intersections of theories of the body, affect, emotions, narrative, and trauma. By examining popular contemporary fictional and nonfictional texts, including Alice Munros Lives of Girls and Women, Dorothy Allisons Bastard Out of Carolina, Toni Morrisons The Bluest Eye, Edwidge Danticats Breath, Eyes, Memory, and Lucy Grealys Autobiography of a Face, J. Brooks Bouson illuminates how deeply entrenched bodily shame continues to operate in contemporary culture, even as we celebrate the supposed freeing of the female body from the social and cultural constraints that have long bound it.