Unimaginable Acts Imagined: Fathers, Family Myth, and the Postmodern Crisis of Paternal Authority in Toni Morrison's Love

January 2010
Mississippi Quarterly;Winter/Spring2010, Vol. 63 Issue 1/2, p233
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
A literary criticism is presented of the novel "Love," by Toni Morrison, particularly focusing on its themes of paternal authority and family and how they impact the characters Heed and Christine Cosey. Consideration is given to psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and his ideas on fathers and power. Literary critic Slavoj Žižek and his work on family drama and the use of the Oedipus Complex in literature are considered. Other topics include postmodernism and elements of the Gothic in the novel.

Tags: LOVE (Book);  LITERARY critiques;  MORRISON, Toni, 1931-;  FATHERS in literature;  AUTHORITY in literature;  ZIZEK, Slavoj, 1949-;  OEDIPUS complex in literature


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