Pruning the Genealogical Tree: Procreation and Lineage in Literature, Law, and Religion
"This book examines the literary themes of procreation and genealogy from the perspective of religious history and legal culture. Based on the thesis that lineage and family succession are endemically exposed to spurious and collateral ramifications, it engages genealogy as a construct, whose architecture is best exemplified in the trope of the genealogical tree: a modular assemblage of filiations whose branches, apparently all-inclusive, hide the intricacy of exclusion, suppression, discrimination, abusive graftings." "This book espouses Derrida's thesis, developed especially in Ulysse gramophone: Deux mots pour Joyce, that genealogical legitimacy is often the outcome of an imposition, a deliberation, or a prescription, rather than the spontaneous outflow of the bloodline." "The central subject of inquiry is James Joyce. Balsamo shows that in Ulysses the opposition of paternity and maternity goes hand in hand with the reciprocal contamination of language and religion." "This book addresses a composite audience of Joyce readers and scholars of biblical, genetic, and women's studies, as well as scholars of the intersections of law and religion, law and literature, religion and society, theology and philosophy."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Aeolus aesthetic Altizer ancient androlineal Artist attributes begetting biblical Blanchefleur Borges's Buck Buck's chapter Circular Ruins civil Clamadeus concept consanguinity Cranly Dante Dante's degeneration Derrida discourse divine dynastic epic episode eros erotic family succession father filial Finnegans Wake Flatulence G. W. F. Hegel gender genealogical legitimacy genealogical tree Genesis genre Hebrew Hegel human Ibid imagination inherent interpretation Jacob Jacques Derrida James Joyce Joyce's judgment juridical Kant Laban's legal fiction legislation legitimate lineage literary logic logos Mallarme Mallarme's metaphor moral mother mystical myth norms parable parody paterfamilias paternal patriarchal patronymic Perceval Perceval's Phaedrus philosopher PhilR Plato poetic polis Portrait procreation Proteus Rachel's theft Republic riddle ritual Roman jurisprudence satire Scylla and Charybdis sexual SNS2 Socrates soul stasis Stephen Dedalus story symbolic Telemachus teraphim thematic Timaeus tion tradition trans translation turn Twelve Tables Ulysses University Press vampire poem Vico Vico's Viconian virgin woman words