Guilt and Shame: Essays in French Literature, Thought and Visual Culture

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Peter Lang, 2010 - Literary Collections - 223 pages
As theoretical positions and as affective experiences, the twin currents of contrition - guilt and shame - permeate literary discourse and figure prominently in discussions of ethics, history, sexuality and social hierarchy. This collection of essays, on French and francophone prose, poetry, drama, visual art, cinema and thought, assesses guilt and shame in relation to structures of social morality, language and self-expression, the thinking of trauma, and the ethics of forgiveness. The authors approach their subjects via close readings and comparative study, drawing on such thinkers as Adorno, Derrida, Jankélévitch and Irigaray. Through these they consider works ranging from the medieval Roman de la rose through to Gustave Moreau's Symbolist painting, Giacometti's sculpture, the films of Marina de Van and recent sub-Saharan African writing. The collection provides an état-présent of thinking on guilt and shame in French Studies, and is the first to assemble work on this topic ranging from the thirteenth to the twenty-first century. The book contains nine contributions in English and four in French.
 

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Contents

IRÈNE FABRY
31
MARY FLANNERY
51
EMILIA WILTONGODBERFFORDE
71
FRÉDÉRIC MIQUEL
87
NATASHA GRIGORIAN
101
vi
113
RUTH KITCHEN
141
TIMOTHY MATHEWS
161
DAVINA QUINLIVAN
177
CHARLOTTE BAKER
201
Notes on Contributors
215
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About the author (2010)

The Editors: Jenny Chamarette is a College Lecturer and Director of Studies in French at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. She specialises in French and European cinema and time-based media, film and art theory, and twentieth-century French thought.
Jennifer Higgins is a Junior Research Fellow at St Anne's College, Oxford. She specialises in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French poetry, and particularly English responses to this poetry via translation.

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