Daughters and Fathers

Daughters and Fathers


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Among the contributors, Lynda Boose explores the structural implications of Western culture's central daughter-father kinship exchange stories; Leah S. Marcus examines the politics of daughter-father relations in a historical study of Mary I and Elizabeth I as daughters of Henry VIII; and Diane F. Sadoff treats "good girl" novelists George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Anne Bronte. Hortense J. Spillers focuses on the incest theme in works by Ralph Ellison and Alice Walker, while David Willbern examines Sigmund Freud's strange alteration of testimonies by women describing seduction by their fathers.

Representing a wide range of fields, the authors give special emphasis to daughter-father relationships in British and Americna literature. They discuss the lives and works of such authors as Richardson, Hawthorne, Christina Rossetti, Dickinson, Thackeray, Yeats, Woolf, and Plath. In an afterword, Carolyn G. Heilbrun widens the scope of discussion to suggest that questioning conventional parent-child relationships "may lead to quite other concepts of the family, moving further and further from the oedipal or nuclear family and the system that family-construct inevitably produces."

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ISBN-13: 9780801836664
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/01/1988
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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LMLM More than 1 year ago
While working on a paper related to this subject, I found this book quite helpful. It is interesting and organized. It also discusses complex subjects in a ways that's readable and understandable. I was amazed at the social constructs surrounding this relationship, and in particular those surrounding the marriage ceremony roots. While we may see much of the ceremony as sentimental, it certainly didn't start out that way! I think you'll find that this book is a great read just for the subject matter, as well as for research purposes. The best chapters, I thought, were those written by the editors of the book. Enjoy!