Anaïs Nin: shame and sex in contemporary culture

Charnock, Ruth (2018) Anaïs Nin: shame and sex in contemporary culture. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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Why is it that some writing embarrasses us? What motivates the desire to publically shame? What are the erotic pleasures produced by shame and shaming? Why are depictions of sex and sexuality in contemporary culture so often also depictions of shame? And what does a minor writer from the 1930s, known more for her colourful sex life than her work, have to do with any of these questions? Anaïs Nin: Shame and Sex in Contemporary Culture argues that there is a series of close and productive relationships between Anaïs Nin’s stories about shame and shamelessness, her critical reception, and contemporary discourses of shame: particularly those that are also about sex. The book’s key selling point is the series of provocative connections it makes between Nin’s sex writing and late 20th-21st century films and novels - including 50 Shades of Grey, Wetlands and Nymphomaniac - preoccupied with sex and shame.

Keywords:Sexuality, contemporary fiction, film, Anais Nin, sex studies, erotica, affect theory, shame
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
L Social studies > L216 Feminism
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:25283
Deposited On:02 Dec 2016 09:55

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