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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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!