2012 | 18 | 271-286
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Między wstydem a bezwstydem — kulturowy eksperyment Salmana Rushdiego

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Between Shame and Shamelessness — Salman Rushdie’s Cultural Experiment
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Shame is a cultural element that is characterised both by a high degree of invariantability, as well as by historical variation. The crucial, and contextual cultural patterns are built around shame; we even speak of the typology of cultures based on this concept. The main function of shame is a control function aimed at conserving cultural norms, both in terms of corporeality, behaviours, and also ideas; therefore, it operates in culture both in the verbal and the proxemic space. In the novel "Shame", Salman Rushdie, considering a cultural identity problem in the postcolonial world, confronts with each other the characters extremely shameful and shameless. Thanks to that experiment, the author reflects on durability of a complex understanding of cultural tradition. The purpose of this article is to analyse cultural forms of shame expressed in the literary work on the basis of some research suggestions from the field of anthropology of literature. This perspective should enable reflection on the contemporary vision of a universal and contextual dimension of culture outside the framework of post–colonial criticism.
  • Uniwersytet Śląski
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