The Adulteress's Child : Authorship and Desire in the Nineteenth-century Novel
This book examines the relation between mothers and their sons and daughters and the way in which these relations are expressed in fictional texts.In male-authored novels of adultery in French, English, German and Russian, the desired woman often has sons to whom she is tied more bindingly than to her husband: a more direct rival to the lover, a son often falls ill and potentially threatens the affair - thus the woman is kept after all within the patriarchal chain.Using a variety of literary sources and drawing upon recent feminist and psychoanalytical theory, Naomi Segal addresses questions such as: What place does the mother seek for herself in the chain between fathers and sons or between mothers and daughters?
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- Hardback | 250 pages
- 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 539g
- 10 Nov 1992
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom