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differences (2017) 28 (2): 46–64.
Published: 01 September 2017
... of (metaphorical) identity, then, the primal father also stands for Eros, the drive to ever greater unities. With this we return to the specific problem of the incest taboo in animistic-totemic cultures as exogamous imperative and the question of the allied taboo on any destructive consumption or enjoyment...
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differences (2002) 13 (1): 14–44.
Published: 01 May 2002
... limiting its function in relation to the pre-Oedipal. Moreover, some forms of structural anthropology sought to elevate the exchange of women into a precondition of culture and to identify that mandate for exogamy with the incest taboo...
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differences (2022) 33 (2-3): 110–140.
Published: 01 December 2022
... defenses of the notion that, to be an analyst, one probably should have experienced analysis for one’s self. Given that the analytic encounter’s prohibition on touch is an extension of the incest taboo, there is yet another redoubling when the analyst-analysand in question are an analyst-candidate within...
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differences (1992) 4 (3): 91–132.
Published: 01 November 1992
... social relations of which Freud (born 1856) and his male patients, as well as artists of the first generations of late nineteenth-century modernism, were products. While it may be argued that the incest taboo is the law of culture, there are historically specific ways in which it is enforced or enacted...
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differences (2022) 33 (2-3): 90–109.
Published: 01 December 2022
... of the myth of the primal horde interprets Freud’s account of the incest taboo as an account of political insurrection, asking how psychoanalytic interpretation itself might encourage or inhibit the patient’s decision to act politically. It also emphasizes the role of lateral, “fraternal” relations...
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differences (2012) 23 (2): 42–70.
Published: 01 September 2012
... by how it is instituting itself. instinct. In Lévi-Strauss’s earlier Elementary Structures of Kinship, 11 In the one instance in which he the incest taboo operates...
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differences (1994) 6 (1): 69–97.
Published: 01 April 1994
... this makes one wonder whether the preoccupations addressed by the incest taboos are so much involved with the maintenance of exogamy and problems of reproduction that non-reproductive sexual contact between kin of the same sex does not represent actual, sanctionable behavior as incest. In the anthropological...
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differences (1989) 1 (2): 59–76.
Published: 01 July 1989
..." are a people of men gathered in the name of the father, their father. What women need is a symbolic mother of daughters - woman-mother and lover - and not a mother of sons whose predications are defined by the incest taboo among others. Besides, women cannot make up their own communities removed from choices...
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differences (1989) 1 (3): 108–136.
Published: 01 November 1989
... of the triangle where the participants symbolize master, slave (man), and slave (woman). The second symbolic triangle evokes not the Oedipal crisis but the slaying of the primal father that Freud describes in Totem and Taboo. Anthony as slave master is like the primal father, head of the primal horde...
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differences (2018) 29 (2): 191–195.
Published: 01 September 2018
... signification nods to both desire and taboo—the sight, the smell of black bodies, the aesthetics of beauty and desire. Marriage is only one site where one can track this anxiety; the affective nature of racial boundary and its constructed “perverse” transgressions are all about sympathy and sympathizers...
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differences (1998) 10 (1): 209–242.
Published: 01 April 1998
... of the primal father, elaborated in Totem and Taboo, narrates the "inaugural event" of the phylogenetic fantasy of castration. It shows how the origin of civilization is grounded upon the same foundation as the origin of the psychoanalytic subject: the prohibition against incest. According to Freud...
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differences (1990) 2 (2): 55–75.
Published: 01 July 1990
...' realization that (Gregor's death having emphatically reinstated the incest taboo) Gregor's sister has blossomed into a lovely young woman and is now marriageable: "And it was like a confirmation of their new dreams and good intentions when at the end of the ride their daughter got up first and stretched her...
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differences (1992) 4 (1): 40–75.
Published: 01 April 1992
... historic forms. For it is without doubt the phenomenon of initiation, central to all premodern cultures, which allows us to advance most profoundly towards understanding what links the phallic simulacrum to the prohibition of incest, which expresses itself in the positive form of the obligation to exchange...
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differences (1998) 10 (1): 75–97.
Published: 01 April 1998
... the maternal taboo. Kofman's desire is facilitated as she delights in precisely what is prohibited: she eats when her mother tells her not to eat, but she is never hungry, has no appetite, and will not eat when her mother tells her: eat, eat, eat! and feels compelled to report to Sarah's teacher, "she didn't...
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differences (2021) 32 (3): 114–146.
Published: 01 December 2021
... eyes, abandoning habis is nothing but wanton disrespect to her diffidence and honor—hence the surveillance and policing of this widow’s conduct at every step. During Idda , Sharia prohibits a widow from seeing men other than her sons, brothers, father, and uncles, to whom the incest taboo...
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differences (1995) 7 (1): 15–47.
Published: 01 April 1995
... is relentlessly targeted for destruction whether as an attribute of feminist identity politics, of essentialism (14), Wittig's neohumanism, or Lacan and Levi-Strauss's structuralism. And yet she notes: "To claim that a law [incest taboo] is universal is not to claim that it operates as a dominant framework within...
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differences (1995) 7 (2): 111–126.
Published: 01 July 1995
... that, he surmises, both have inherited from their mother: "for we had both a bit of sadness at the bottom of our heart: we got it from God or from our mother"(120). The conflict of incest is exacerbated by this confusion of erotic attraction and identification that is, according to Freud, particular...
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differences (1997) 9 (3): 79–101.
Published: 01 November 1997
... relationships, sexual violence, how children and adolescents are gendered, and survivor identities ranging from alcohol to incest. Our five core and three most closely affiliated faculty are trained respectively in American literature, American history, Chinese history, English literature, Renaissance Italian...
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differences (1994) 6 (2-3): 126–145.
Published: 01 July 1994
... .” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 3 . 2 ( 1991 ): iii – xviii . duCille Ann . “ The Occult of True Black Womanhood: Critical Demeanor and Black Feminist Studies .” Signs 19 . 3 ( 1994 ): 591 – 629 . Giddings Paula . “ The Last Taboo .” Morrison 441 – 65...
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differences (2022) 33 (2-3): 141–176.
Published: 01 December 2022
..., the last word of Totem and Taboo is decisive: quoting an equally uncertain Faust, Freud declares, “[I]n the beginning was the Deed” (161). What “Deed”? The act in question is Freud’s infamous tall tale of the aboriginal murder of the Primal Father, a deed that “made an end of the patriarchal horde” (141...
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