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Daughters Fathers and the Novel The Sentimental Romance of Heterosexuality

Lynda Marie Zwinger ¹ 2 Free read

The father’s daughter provides the cornerstone for the patriarchal edifice of domesticity and the alibi for patriarchal desire  Zwinger’s analysis of the sexual politics embodied in the figure of this sentimental daughter raises compelling critical and cultural issues  Zwinger shows how different readings of Clarissa’s story form a sentimental composite that  makes her available in perpetuity to heterosexual desire  Dombey and Son  illuminates the erotic dimension of the sentimental the titillation always inherent in the spectacle of virtue in distress  Zwinger’s analysis of Little Women  in the context of Louisa May Alcott’s own life text focuses upon the problems of a daughter trying to write the filial romance  The Golden Bowl deploys the daughter of sentiment as a “cover story” for a feminine version of the Oedipal story f.

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Daughters Fathers and the Novel is a provocative study of the father daughter story a neglected dimension of the family romance  It has important implications for the history of the novel for our understanding of key texts in that history and for theories concerning the representation of gender family relations and heterosexuality in Western culture    In the English and American novel argues Lynda Zwinger “the good woman”     is a father’s daughter     constructed to the very particular specifications of an omnipresent and unvoiced paternal desire”  Zwinger supports her case with an analysis of both “high brow” and “low brow” novels and with ingenious textual analyses of five novels  Clarissa Harlowe Dombey and Son Little Women The Golden Bowl and The Story of O    In the dominant discourse of Anglo American culture.

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Ounded on the daughter who can’t say yes but doesn’t say no  The Story of O reveals the pornographic dimension in romantic and sentimental love    In her conclusion Zwinger offers an overview of the nineteenth century novel asking what difference it makes when the writer is a daughter  She shows how the daughter’s family romance pictures the father as inadeuate ironically reuiring the sentimental daughter as a patriarchal prop  She develops a useful concept of hysteria and argues that generic “disorder” and hysterical “intrusions” mark the family romance novels of Jane Austen Emily and Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot  And finally she makes the case that the daughter’s choice to stay home is not necessarily an act of simple complicity  for by staying home she comes as close as she can to disrupting the father daughter roman.


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    Zwinger's primary texts are Clarissa Dombey and Son Little Women The Golden Bowl and The Story of O along with a final chapter on Austen C and E Brontë and George Eliot And what's brilliant about this book is that it shows the ways in which The Story of O is a lineal descendant of the sentimental in its technical sense novels of the nineteenth century O's efforts to remake herself into something that Sir Stephen will love is the same struggle in a different register as Florence Dombey's or Jo March's the desire to please the patriarch The Man Zwinger's reading also makes sense for me of Little Women for it points out that Jo's struggle is not to become an adult independent woman writer as we as modern feminist readers wish it was but to become a daughter her father can be proud of And yes cue the teeth grinding venom about Bronson AlcottZwinger is very clear on the ways in which feminist readers will find themselves misled and trapped in novels like Little Women She is also brilliantly brutally clear about Freud's self interest in creating the family romance in such a way that the father is never at fault The best Freudian criticism is always that which insists on pointing out that Freud himself was not a disinterested observer that uses his ideas on his own writingAs for example The sentimental gloss enables us to divide and separate the father from his wish and his no and his nom so that we can continue to pretend that it all somehow just happens to work the way it does Or to take refuge in the authorized view that it happens just the way the daughter wants itIn the period in which the main interest was directed to discovering infantile sexual traumas almost all my women patients told me that they had been seduced by their father I was driven by what? to recognize in the end that these reports were untrue and so came to understand that hysterical symptoms are derived from phantasies whose? and not from real occurences It was only later that I was able to recognize in this phantasy of being seduced by the father the expression of the typical Oedipus complex in women And now we find the phantasy of seduction once in the pre Oedipus prehistory of girls; but the seducer is regularly the mother Here however the phantasy touches the ground of reality for it was really the mother who by her activities over the child's bodily hygiene inevitably stimulated and perhaps even roused for the first time pleasurable sensations in her genitals Femininity 120Freud archeologist of Western desire can acknowledge a ubiuitous maternal seduction and its ground in reality But any suggested ground in reality for a paternal seduction undercuts the asserted daughterly origin of the father daughter phantasy Father must remain absolutely guiltless of real action; the seduction must be seen as originating with her And yet leaving him out of the account cannot mask his active roleThe wish with which the girl turns to her father is no doubt originally the wish for the penis which her mother has refused her and which she now expects from her father The feminine situation is only established however if the wish for a penis is replaced by one for a baby if that is a baby takes the place of a penis in accordance with an ancient symbolic euivalence Femininity 128Where is the subject occulted by the passive constructions is established and is replaced? Who was in charge of those ancient symbolic euivalences anyway? What would make the girl assume her father would give her what he had already refused her mother? Where on earth would the girl get all these ideas to begin with? From the parent who literally touches in baths and dressing? Or from the parent who remains distant touching her only metaphorically with ideas and symbols and negations? The pertinent uestion to put to the penis wishbaby wish progression is whose idea could it be to begin with? Whom does she aim to please in manifesting such a wish? What is missing from the account is the activity of the passive untouching father the activity that is to say of the culturally constructed and continuously reinforced place of the father His place places her and the figure of the daughter of sentiment serves to reveal the uestion begged by the infamous What does woman want? which is I submit Who told her she wants that?Zwinger 90 91 Freudian criticism has to be approached warily skeptically Freud's assertions about the gendered responsibilities of parents only works in the ideal bourgeois nuclear family for instance in which there are two parents one of each gender and the feminine parent cares for the children while the masculine parent leaves the house to work But Zwinger uses it well and carefully and she never forgets to examine her own subject position as she goes


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