Mortified: Representing Women's Shame (essay collection; 12/15/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Erica Johnson and Patricia Moran
contact email: 
erica.johnson@wagner.edu

Mortified:
Representing Women’s Shame

CFP: Essay collection

Interest in shame has gathered momentum in
recent decades, fuelled by the work of Helen Block Lewis, Leon Wurmser, and
Andrew P. Morrison, and by the revival and extension of the affect theorist
Silvan Tomkins in the work of Donald L. Nathanson, Gershen Kaufman, and others. Eve Sedgewick and Adam Frank’s 1995 edition
of Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan
Tomkins Reader
notably brought shame into the mainstream of literary
criticism. Even more recently, scholars
have begun to explore a consistent finding that women are more shame-prone than
men. Helen M. Lynd, Sandra Bartky, J.
Brooks Bouson and others have outlined how shame functions as a gendered emotion. Joseph Adamson and Hilary Clark summarize the
connections between shame, humiliated fury, and depression in women’s
experience thus:

[S]hame has
traditionally shaped the experience of women under patriarchy. Women and others who suffer from inequality
in power are particularly prone to the humiliated rage that stems from
unacknowledged shame, a rage turned on the self and transformed to guilt
because one does not feel entitled to it.
Again, as the passive experience of being devalued and disempowered,
shame is linked with low self-esteem and depression; it has been established
that roughly twice as many women as men suffer from depression. (Scenes of Shame 22)

Mortified: Representing Women’s Shame seeks to explore how representations of women’s experiences
benefits from contextualizing those representations in a gendered understanding
of shame. To that end, we seek papers
that examine women’s shame in a variety of contexts and disciplines. Topics may include:

·
shame and the body

·
shame and money

·
shame and trauma

·
shame and guilt

·
shame and embarrassment

·
shame and depression

·
the intersection of gendered
shame with other such shaming ideologies as colonialism, homophobia, etc.

·
the poetics of shame

·
shame and orientalism

·
national shame

·
shame as affect or emotion

·
political shame

·
shame and silence

Please send a 500-word abstract by December
15, 2009 to both Patricia Moran (patricia.moran@ul.ie) and Erica Johnson (erica.johnson@wagner.edu).

cfp categories: 
african-american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
journals_and_collections_of_essays
postcolonial
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond