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Guilt and Shame

Essays in French Literature, Thought and Visual Culture

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Jenny Chamarette and Jenny Higgins

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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Notes on Contributors Charlotte Baker took up the post of Lecturer in French at Lancas- ter University in 2007 upon completion of her PhD at the University of Nottingham. Charlotte’s current research focuses on marginalised and stigmatised groups in sub-Saharan Africa and she is particularly interested in representations of people with albinism. She has published a number of articles exploring the fictional representation of the figure of the black African albino and recently collaborated on an article which explores the myths surrounding albinism in South Africa and Zimbabwe for the Journal of African Cultural Studies. Charlotte co-edited Crossing Places: New Research in African Studies (CSP, 2007) and Postcolonial Slavery: An Overview of Colonialism’s Legacy (CSP, 2008) and edited Expressions of the Body: Representations in African Text and Image (Peter Lang, 2009). She is also working on a monograph on Guinean novelist Williams Sassine. Lucy Bolton has recently obtained her PhD from Queen Mary, Univer- sity of London. She is a part-time lecturer in Film Studies at Queen Mary and teaches core courses on film, film philosophy and stardom. Lucy is also a convenor of the Film Studies Research Seminars. She has particular interests in film philosophy, film and religion, and film and law, and has published on Irigaray, authorship/auteurism in the cinema and stardom. Bill Burgwinkle is Reader in Medieval French and Occitan at the University of Cambridge and Graduate Tutor and Director of Studies in Modern Languages at King’s College, Cambridge. His publications include two forthcoming books: one from...

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