Replacement mothers, bedtricks and daughters out of place

  • Jean Owen


Incest is a form of replacement when one family member supplants another to create ‘a strange confusion of kinship’ (Morgan). In Jacques Demy’s Peau d’Âne (1970), for instance, the only female that can possibly replace the dead wife for the grieving king is their daughter, who is a replica of her mother. The Genesis account of Lot and his daughters and the Graeco-Roman myth of Myrrha also consider incest between daughters of marriageable age and their fathers when each replaces her mother via that staple of sexual deception, the bedtrick. This chapter is a comparative study of these daughters, as each comes to represent what Mary Douglas calls ‘matter out of place’ when traditional patterns of filial and paternal relations are transgressed.


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  • Jean Owen
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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherLondonUK

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