Daddy Issues: Love and Hate in the Time of Patriarchy (Paperback)

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A searching essay on the fraught bonds between daughters and their fathers from one of our most perceptive feminist writers and the author of Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again

In Daddy Issues, critically acclaimed writer Katherine Angel examines the place of fathers in contemporary culture with her characteristic mix of intellectual boldness and capacity for nuance, and her elegant, searching prose. In this long essay, Angel asks how the mixture of love and hatred we feel towards our fathers--and patriarchal father figures--can be turned into a relationship that is generative rather than destructive.


Moving deftly between developmental psychology and psychoanalysis (Winnicott and Freud), cultural visions of fathering from King Lear and Virginia Woolf to Ivanka Trump, and issues from incest to #MeToo, Angel probes the fraught bond of daughters and fathers, women and the patriarchal regime. What, she asks, is this discomfiting space of love and hate--and how are we to reckon with both fealty and rebellion?

About the Author


Katherine Angel is the author of Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again and Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell. She directs the MA in Creative and Critical Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, and her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Granta, the White Review, and Los Angeles Review of Books among other places. Katherine has a PhD in the history of psychiatry and sexuality from the University of Cambridge. Her research into 'female sexual dysfunction', American psychiatry, sexology, and feminism has been published in journals including the History of the Human Sciences, Studies in Gender and Sexuality and Current Opinion in Psychiatry.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781839764370
ISBN-10: 1839764376
Publisher: Verso
Publication Date: June 14th, 2022
Pages: 128
Language: English