Poetics and Politics of Shame in Postcolonial Literature

1st Edition

David Attwell, Annalisa Pes, Susanna Zinato

Routledge
May 22, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 248 Pages
ISBN 9780367193102 - CAT# K417619
Series: Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures

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Summary

Poetics and Politics of Shame in Postcolonial Literature provides a new and wide-ranging appraisal of shame in colonial and postcolonial literature in English. Bringing together young and established voices in postcolonial studies, these essays tackle shame and racism, shame and agency, shame and ethical recognition, the problem of shamelessness, the shame of willed forgetfulness.  Linked by a common thread of reflections on shame and literary writing, the essays consider specifically whether the aesthetic and ethical capacities of literature enable a measure of stability or recuperation in the presence of shame’s destructive potential. The obscenity of the in-human, both in the colonial setting and in aftermaths that show little sign of abating, entails the acute significance of shame as a subject for continuing and urgent critical attention. 

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