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The legacy of the beast: patrilinearity and rupture in Zola's La Bete humaine and Freud's Totem and Taboo

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This article explores the legacy of primitive violence evoked by Zola and Freud in La Bête humaine (1890) and Totem and Taboo (1913) respectively, and to show how Zola’s and Freud’s use of a paradigm of primitive aggression might be ideologically complicit with a violent inclination in their contemporaneous societies. This issue will be considered in its relations with the notions of patrilinearity and rupture, concepts which are integral to both texts, and which, it shall be argued, constitu...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1093/fs/knm237

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Medieval and Modern Lang Fac, French
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
French Studies Journal website
Volume:
62
Issue:
1
Pages:
26-38
Publication date:
2008-01-01
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EISSN:
1468-2931
ISSN:
0016-1128
URN:
uuid:7134f966-064c-451e-b156-208e99e89dc2
Source identifiers:
612687
Local pid:
pubs:612687
Paper number:
1

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