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Paternity and Fatherhood : Myths and Realities - Lieve Spaas

Paternity and Fatherhood

Myths and Realities

By: Lieve Spaas (Editor), Trista Selous (Editor)

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Paternity and fatherhood: is there more than an etymological difference between these two apparently synonymous terms? What do we understand by "paternity" and "fatherhood?" These crucial questions lie at the heart of this collection of essays selected from the humanities and social sciences. As an anthropological document, this book offers compelling evidence to support the premise that there is a profound difference between the biological reality of paternity and the cultural construct of fatherhood. At the same time, the theories of Freud and Lacan provide a background for many of the author's critical explorations of a kaleidoscope of literary texts, legal documents, case histories, painting and letters. Through their discussion of the relations, attitudes, emotions and values generated by the paternity/fatherhood distinction, the essays in this collection broaden our understanding of how dichotomy has evolved in Western societies and offer insights into its manifestations in some post-colonial cultures.

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Mythical Constructs and Social Realities
Biological Paternity in Law and Language
Heredity and Paternity
The Paternal Role and the Napoleonic Code
DNA and the Stakes in Embodying Paternity
Factoring the Father
Heredity of Power and Paternity of the Text in Some Medieval Works
Pegrave;re and Megrave;re: Unequals in Language
Absent Father
Lide without Father: Revisions of Paternity in Women's Writing in France
Absent Fathers across the Spectrum of Local Color in the Short Stories of Kate Chopin
Death of the Father and Birth of Idolatry: from Mme de Segrave;vignegrave; to her Daughter
The Father Effect: Rimbaud, Pessoa-Jean-Jacques Hamm
Reinventing Father
Fatherhood in the Works of George Sand
Politics of Fatherhood in the African Novel: Le Chercheur D'Afriques
Loys Masson: Father as Text
Il Papa, Sade's Pater Beyond Compare
Kafka's "Papa"
Death with Father in David Copperfield
Paternity, Sex, Gender and Succession
Why do Orges Eat Babies? Monstrous Paternity in Myth and Fairytales
Fathers as Mothers: the Myth of Male Parthenogenesis
Dispossessing the Father in the Fiction of Michel Tournier
Moliegrave;re's Disturbing Fathers
Shakespeare and the Misrecognition of Fathers and Sons
"Father and Mother is One Flesh:" Hamlet and the Problems of Paternity
Mystical Estates and Legal Fictions: Modernism's Apostolic Successions
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ISBN: 9780333642375
ISBN-10: 0333642376
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 15th October 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.4  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1