chapter  6
Shame in the Foreground: Early Roots of Moral Masochism
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I begin this chapter with Jamaica Kincaid's words because theypoint to shame as a posture or stance that carries certaininterpersonal benefits. Reading the passage, we might wonder whether the speaker protests too much, whether she, in fact, feels sorry for some things or ashamed of some things. But even were that the case, it remains important that she can use a stance of shame to influence her environment and also to affect how she sees herself in that setting.