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Why has shame recently displaced guilt as a dominant emotional reference in the West? After the Holocaust, survivors often reported feeling guilty for living when so many others had died, and in the 1960s psychoanalysts and psychiatrists in the United States helped make survivor guilt a defining feature of the "survivor syndrome." Yet the idea of survivor guilt has always caused trouble, largely because it appears to imply that, by unconsciously identifying with the perpetrator, victims psychically collude with power.

In From Guilt to Shame, Ruth Leys has written the first genealogical-critical study of the vicissitudes of the concept of survivor guilt and the momentous but largely unrecognized significance of guilt's replacement by shame. Ultimately, Leys challenges the theoretical and empirical validity of the shame theory proposed by figures such as Silvan Tomkins, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Giorgio Agamben, demonstrating that while the notion of survivor guilt has depended on an intentionalist framework, shame theorists share a problematic commitment to interpreting the emotions, including shame, in antiintentionalist and materialist terms.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. INTRODUCTION: From Guilt to Shame
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: Survivor Guilt
  2. pp. 17-55
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: Dismantling Survivor Guilt
  2. pp. 56-92
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: Image and Trauma
  2. pp. 93-122
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: Shame Now
  2. pp. 123-156
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: The Shame of Auschwitz
  2. pp. 157-179
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 180-186
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 187-191
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 193-200
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400827985
Print ISBN
9780691143323
MARC Record
OCLC
593215768
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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