The Adulteress's Child

The Adulteress's Child : Authorship and Desire in the Nineteenth-century Novel

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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
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0745605095
  • 9780745605098

Table of contents

1. Introduction. 2. Recits. 3. Patrilinear Mothers. 4. Matrilinear Mothers. 5. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Index.
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About Lynne Segal

Naomi Segal is Professor of French Studies at the University of Reading.
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