Practising Shame: Female Honour in Later Medieval England - Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture (Hardback)Mary C. Flannery (author)
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Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'This is a timely book entering the field at a moment when the study of the history of both sex and emotion is suddenly exploding, and when greater attention is being paid to embodied experience, not least of emotion. Practising shame will be of interest to those exploring these issues across time and place because it both offers an account with unnerving relevance for today and provides a successful model of how to answer some of these questions within a particular historical moment.'
Katie Barclay, Journal of British Studies
'Flannery confronts the similitude between medieval and contemporary expectations and denigrations head-on. In so doing she has written a powerful and scholarly work that highlights both the relationship between interiority and outer behaviour, and the textual communities which have for so long created particular and gendered visions of identity.'
Megan Cassidy-Welch, Emotions: History, Culture, Society
'To say that Mary Flannery's Practising shame is timely would be an understatement. Through close analysis of popular and understudied texts, Flannery gives the reader a thorough tour of the double bind that is shamefastness, a bind that encouraged women to practice humility and yet, simultaneously, excoriated them for being false practitioners of shamefastness, as the practice was an obstacle for men's lust...In our own moment, when the integrity of women's testimony has stood at the center of high-profile trials and convictions, Flannery's book reveals how deeply this ideological misogyny is embedded.'
Christopher Michael Roman, Studies in the Age of Chaucer
'A powerful and scholarly work that highlights both the relationship between interiority and outer behaviour, and the textual communities which have for so long created particular and gendered visions of identity.'
Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS)
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