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The Tragedy of Fatherhood: King Laius and the Politics of Paternity in the West (New Directions in German Studies)

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Theories of power have always been intertwined with theories of fatherhood: paternity is the oldest and most persistent metaphor of benign, legitimate rule. The paternal trope gains its strength from its integration of law, body, and affect—in the affirmative model of fatherhood, the biological father, the legal father, and the father who protects and nurtures his children are one and the same, and in a complex system of mutual interdependence, the father of the family is symbolically linked to the paternal gods of monotheism and the paternal ruler of the monarchic state.

If tragedy is the violent eruption of a necessary conflict between competing, legitimate claims, The Tragedy of Fatherhood argues that fatherhood is an essentially tragic structure. Silke-Maria Weineck traces both the tensions and various strategies to resolve them through a series of readings of seminal literary and theoretical texts in the Western cultural tradition. In doing so, she demonstrates both the fragility and resilience of fatherhood as the most important symbol of political power.

A long history of fatherhood in literature, philosophy, and political thought, The Tragedy of Fatherhood weaves together figures as seemingly disparate as Aristotle, Freud, Kafka, and Kleist, to produce a stunning reappraisal of the nature of power in the Western tradition.

About the Author

Sabine Wilke is Professor of German at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, where she is also associated with European Studies, and the Program in Critical Theory. Her past publications include The Abyss Above: The Philosophy of Madness in Plato, Hölderlin, and Nietzsche (2002).

Table of Contents

Introduction: "The Silence of the Father"
I: Freud's Fatherhood
II: The Tragic Father
III: The Political Father
IV: The Rise of the Son
Conclusion: The Fatherless Society
Bibliography
Index

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ISBN:
9781628927894
Author:
Weineck, Silke-maria
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Author:
Weineck, Silke-Maria
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New Directions in German Studies
Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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