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From Guilt to Shame
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Acknowledgments ix INTRODUCTION: From Guilt to Shame 1 CHAPTER ONE: Survivor Guilt 17 The Slap 17 She Demanded to Be Killed Herself and Bitten to Death 24 Identification with the Aggressor 32 Survivor Guilt 38 The Dead 47 CHAPTER TWO: Dismantling Survivor Guilt 56 "Radical Nakedness" 56 The Survivor as Witness 61 Dramaturgies of the Self 68 The Subject of Imitation 76 Psychoanalytic Revisions 83 CHAPTER THREE: Image and Trauma 93 Imagery and PTSD 93 Miscellaneous Symptoms 99 Stress Films 106 PTSD and Shame 118 CHAPTER FOUR: Shame Now 123 Shame's Revival 123 Shame and Specularity 126 Shame and the Self 129 Autotelism 133 The Evidence 137 Objectless Emotions 145 The Primacy of Personal Differences 150 Posthistoricism 154 CHAPTER FIVE: The Shame of Auschwitz 157 The Gray Zone 157 "That Match Is Never Over" 162 The Matter of Testimony 165 Shame 170 The Flush 174 Conclusion 180 Appendix 187 Index 193

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Ruth Leys's new book is a brilliant interdisciplinary investigation of a striking cultural transformation. From Guilt to Shame is original, with a compelling subject treated in a way that places it on the cutting edge of recent science and cultural studies. -- Toril Moi, Duke University From Guilt to Shame is original and incisive, and Leys's exposition of her provocative thesis is thoroughly persuasive. The superb chapter on Giorgio Agamben is the perfect conclusion to this excellent work, which should attract interest from readers of trauma theory, the history of traumatic stress, comparative literature, moral philosophy, and Holocaust studies. -- Allan Young, McGill University

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Ruth Leys is director of the Humanities Center and Henry Wiesenfeld Professor at Johns Hopkins University. Her books include "Trauma: A Genealogy".

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"Ruth Leys's new book is a brilliant interdisciplinary investigation of a striking cultural transformation. From Guilt to Shame is original, with a compelling subject treated in a way that places it on the cutting edge of recent science and cultural studies."--Toril Moi, Duke University
"From Guilt to Shame is original and incisive, and Leys's exposition of her provocative thesis is thoroughly persuasive. The superb chapter on Giorgio Agamben is the perfect conclusion to this excellent work, which should attract interest from readers of trauma theory, the history of traumatic stress, comparative literature, moral philosophy, and Holocaust studies."--Allan Young, McGill University

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