This study considers male shame in contemporary writing by men, examining why shame is often considered a female emotion and therefore denied in men. The author's comparative approach to the private experience of shame in novels by Hanif Kureishi, Philip Roth and Hubert Klimko-Dobrzaniecki demonstrates the extent to which shame conditions male behaviour, protecting the powerful hierarchies existing between different kinds of masculinities. Using different conceptual analyses, the author exposes the damaging nature of the culturally sanctioned demand that men be real men, which is often simply a call for violence. The book also examines shame more broadly as a means of social control, whether of women in patriarchal cultures or of people of different ethnic, sexual and class identities. Treating shame as both an individual and a social emotion, the author draws on perspectives from scholarship on shame in postcolonial, gender and feminist studies.
|Publisher:||Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften|
|Product dimensions:||5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x (d)|
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Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: Why Male Shame? - Social and Historical Conditions of Shame - Exposing and Uncovering Shame in Hanif Kureishi's Intimacy - The Shame of Being a Man in Philip Roth's Everyman and Portnoy's Complaint - Shame and Degradation in Raz. Dwa. Trzy - Conclusion and Implications for Practice.