The story of the father and the daughter in literature has often left the daughter with few options: a life with the father, marriage according to his wishes, death or ostracism as punishments for socially unacceptable behavior. Examples of this «master plot of the father-daughter story» are traced in the Bible, mythical stories, fairy tales, Freudian theories, and in King Lear. In the feminist novels under discussion, daughter-narrators break the taboos surrounding their fathers. They consciously foreground the culturally protected master plot and transcend it with alternate endings.
|Publisher:||Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated|
|Series:||European University Studies: Anglo-Saxon Language and Literature , #334|
About the Author
The Author: Barbara H. Sheldon received her M.A. in English literature from the University of Kansas at Lawrence and her Ph.D. from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. She has worked as a translator, market researcher, teaching assistant, and is currently employed with the German Academic Exchange Service.