Shame and Its Sisters

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at
Thu Feb 4 21:04:10 PST 1999

I bought a book titled _Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader_ (Eds. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Adam Frank) at a book sale (for $ 1.00!) last year. It's been sitting, unread, in my apartment for a while, but I'm planning to read it now. I wonder if anyone has already read it. (Perhaps Alec Ramsdell?) If so, what did you guys think?

The back cover of _Shame and Its Sisters_ says:

"Silvan Tomkins (1911-1991) was one of the most radical and imaginative psychologists of the twentieth century. In _Affect, Imagery, Consciousness_, a four-volume work published over the last thirty years of his life, Tomkins developed an ambitious theory of affect steeped in cybernetics and systems theory as well as in psychoanalysis, ethology, and neuroscience. [Sounds wonderfully kooky!] The implications of his conceptually daring and phenomenologically suggestive theory are now--in the context of postmodernism--beginning to be understood. ...Featuring intensive examination of several key affects, particularly shame and anger, this volume contains many of Tomkins's most haunting, diagnostically incisive, and theoretically challenging discussions...."


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