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In Dreams of the Burning Child, David Lee Miller explores the uncanny persistence of filial sacrifice as a motif in English literature and its classical and biblical antecedents. He combines strikingly original reinterpretations of the Aeneid, Hamlet, The Winter's Tale, and Dombey and Son with perceptive accounts of dreams found in memoirs, poems, and psychoanalytic texts.

Miller looks closely at the grisly fantasy of the sacrifice of sons as it is depicted in classical epic, early modern drama, the nineteenth-century novel, the postcolonial novel, the lyric, the funeral elegy, sacred scriptures, and psychoanalytic theory. He also draws examples from painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture into a witty and engaging discussion that ranges from the binding of Isaac to Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, and from questions of literary history to the dilemmas of patriarchal masculinity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright, and Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction: The Body of Fatherhood
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. The Deified Father and the Sacrificial Son
  2. pp. 15-51
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  1. 2. Virgil's Aeneid: The History of a Wound
  2. pp. 52-91
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  1. 3. Witnessing as Theater in Shakespeare
  2. pp. 92-129
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  1. 4. Charles Dickens: A Dead Hand at a Baby
  2. pp. 130-159
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  1. 5. Jonson, Freud, Lacan: This Moving Dream
  2. pp. 160-194
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  1. 6. Mourning Patriarchy: A Return to the Crossroads
  2. pp. 195-222
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 223-234
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-239
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501728846
Related ISBN
9780801440571
MARC Record
OCLC
1033573412
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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