Patriarchy and Incest from Shakespeare to Joyce JANE M. FORD

ISBN: 9780813015958

Published: June 30th 1998

Hardcover

216 pages


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Patriarchy and Incest from Shakespeare to Joyce  by  JANE M. FORD

Patriarchy and Incest from Shakespeare to Joyce by JANE M. FORD
June 30th 1998 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 216 pages | ISBN: 9780813015958 | 8.51 Mb

A highly satisfying book that will be of great interest both to psychoanalytic critics and to students of the English novel. . . . By taking the theme of father-daughter incest as a guiding thread, Jane Ford traces a pattern of indisputableMoreA highly satisfying book that will be of great interest both to psychoanalytic critics and to students of the English novel. . . . By taking the theme of father-daughter incest as a guiding thread, Jane Ford traces a pattern of indisputable importance in the works of Shakespeare and major English novelists.--Peter L. Rudnytsky, University of FloridaUsing Shakespeares plots as a backdrop, Jane Ford traces the incest theme in novels by Charles Dickens, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and James Joyce, exploring in particular the father-daughter-suitor triangle.As Ford demonstrates, three patterns predominate: the father eliminates the suitor and retains the daughter- the father submits to outside authority and relinquishes the daughter- or the father resolves the incest threat by choosing the daughters suitor.

Ford provides evidence that the fictive characters’ incest conflicts often mirror the writers own incest dilemmas, whether subliminal or not, and in readings that break with traditional criticism, she points to textual evidence for the occurrence of actual incest in The Golden Bowl and Ulysses.  Ford maintains that each of the five writers wrote final works that seemed to return to a plot of retention of the daughter by the father.Ford’s book offers a valuable amplification of Otto Ranks seminal work, The Incest Theme in Literature and Legend: Fundamentals of a Psychology of Literary Creation, and extends an important issue in 20th-century psychology into the study of major works of literature written in English.Jane M.

Ford is a visiting scholar in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.



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