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Paternity and Fatherhood

Myths and Realities

  • Lieve Spaas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

  3. Biological Paternity in Law and Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Max Andréoli
      Pages 15-26
    3. Xavier Martin
      Pages 27-39
    4. Carol Mossman
      Pages 40-48
    5. Christie McDonald
      Pages 49-61
    6. Philippe Bolusset
      Pages 74-82
  4. Absent Fathers

  5. Reinventing Father

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Anna Szabó
      Pages 135-146
    3. Michaëla Mongelard
      Pages 159-166
    4. Béatrice Fink
      Pages 167-174
    5. Sander L. Gilman
      Pages 175-185

About this book


What kind of connotation does the word 'father' have in everyday language? How have states and governments defined and manipulated the paternal role? What is a 'father-figure'? What can literature tell us about absent or overbearing fathers? How far is the cultural construct of fatherhood linked to biological paternity, and what is biological paternity? These are some of the questions explored through the chapters in this book, which together offer a fascinatingly complex view of fatherhood across the centuries.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lieve Spaas
    • 1
  1. 1.Kingston UniversityUK

About the editors

LIEVE SPAAS is Professor of French Cultural Studies at Kingston University. She has published on Rousseau and the eighteenth-century novel and is part of the CNRS Rousseau research team in Paris. Her socio-historical analysis of the correspondence of Catherine de Saint-Pierre to her brother Bernardin appeared in 1996, Lettres de Catherine de Saint-Pierre a son frère Bernardin. She is co-editor with Brian Stimpson of Robinson Crusoe: Myths and Metamorphoses, and is general editor of the `Cultural Studies Monographs' series with Berghahn Books.

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