Refiguring the Father: New Feminist Readings of Patriarchy


An exciting investigation of the ways literary and cultural texts have not only shaped the difficult terms of the daughter-father relationship but also prescribed a role for fathers that is paradoxical and contradictory. These 15 essays seek to enter into a new dialogue with both the tenets of patriarchy and with the "initiating symbolic gestures" of feminist discourse that have helped to maintain the father's "voracious and hierarchical" position in western culture. The problem is not simply to change the focus of feminist inquiry from father-as-center to mother-as-center, but to reinvent the discourse of the father, to unsettle an oedipal dialectic that insists on revealing the father as the gaze, as bodilessness, or as the symbolic, and to develop a new dialectic that refuses to describe the father function as if it were univocal and ahistorical.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Jerry Aline Flieger
  • Susan M. Griffin
  • Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz
  • Irene Fizer
  • Vanessa D. Dickerson
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Carbondale, IL
Publication year:
  • 1989


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