Practising Shame: Female Honour in Later Medieval England (Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture) (Paperback)

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Practicing shame investigates how the literature of medieval England encouraged women to safeguard their honour by cultivating hypervigilance against the possibility of sexual shame. A combination of inward reflection and outward comportment, this practice of 'shamefastness' was believed to reinforce women's chastity of mind and body, and to communicate that chastity to others by means of conventional gestures. The book uncovers the paradoxes and complications that emerged from these emotional practices, as well as the ways in which they were satirised and reappropriated by male authors. Working at the intersection of literary studies, gender studies and the history of emotions, it transforms our understanding of the ethical construction of femininity in the past and provides a new framework for thinking about honourable womanhood now and in the years to come.

About the Author


Mary C. Flannery is a Swiss National Science Foundation Eccellenza Professorial Fellow at the University of Bern


Product Details
ISBN: 9781526110077
ISBN-10: 1526110075
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: November 2nd, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture