Shame and Sexuality: Psychoanalysis and Visual Culture

Editor : Claire Pajaczkowska, Editor : Ivan Ward

Shame and Sexuality: Psychoanalysis and Visual Culture

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Why do human beings feel shame? What is the cultural dimension of shame and sexuality? Can theory understand the power of affect? How is psychoanalysis integral to cultural theory? The experience of shame is a profound, painful and universal emotion with lasting effects on many aspects of public life and human culture. Rooted in childhood experience, linked to sexuality and the cultural norms which regulate the body and its pleasures, shame is uniquely human."Shame and Sexuality: Psychoanalysis and Visual Culture" explores elements of shame in human psychology and the cultures of art, film, photography and textiles. This volume is divided into two distinct sections allowing the reader to compare and contrast the psychoanalytic and the cultural writings. Part one, Psychoanalysis, provides a psychoanalytic approach to shame, using clinical examples to explore the function of unconscious fantasies, the shame shield in child sexual abuse, and the puzzling manner in which shame attaches itself to sexuality. Part two, Visual culture, is illustrated throughout with textual analysis; contributors explore shame and sexuality in art history, politics and contemporary visual culture, including the gendering of shame, shame and abjection, and the relationship between shame and shamelessness as a strategy of resistance. Claire Pajaczkowska and Ivan Ward bring together debates within and between the discourses of psychoanalysis and visual culture, generating new avenues of enquiry for scholars of culture, theory and psychoanalysis.

About the Editor(s)

Claire Pajaczkowska leads a group of doctoral researchers investigating the agency of tacit knowledge in the creative process, at the Royal College of Art, London. Her own PhD 'Before Language' (1989 School of Humanities, Middlesex University) was a study of psychoanalysis and materialism. Recent publications include Thread of Attachment in Textiles: the Journal of Cloth and Culture (Berg,2007); with Ivan Ward Shame and Sexuality: Psychoanalysis and Visual Culture (Routledge,2008); The Sublime Now (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010); and On Humming : Marion Milner's contribution to psychoanalysis.

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Ivan Ward is Deputy Director and Head of Learning at the Freud Museum, London, and manager of the Museum's public Programme of talks and conferences.

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