More writings on Shame by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

“The forms taken by shame are not distinct “toxic” parts of an identity that can be excised; they are instead integral to and residual in the processes by which identity itself is formed. They are available for the work of metamorphosis, reframing, refiguration, transfiguration, affective and symbolic loading, and deformation; but are unavailable for effecting the work of purgation and deontological closure.”