The Dead Father : retrato del padre en la postmodernidad
AuthorsSánchez-Pardo González, Esther
IdentifiersPermanent link (URI): http://hdl.handle.net/10017/4920
Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. Servicio de Publicaciones
REDEN : revista española de estudios norteamericanos, 1995, n. 9, p. -35. ISSN 1131-9674
Barthelme's portrait of the fictional father provides a cryptic caricature that oscillates between profoundity and nonsense. Through a psychoanalytic reading of the Dead Father (1975), starting from Freud and drawing from Lacan, I reflect upon the fictional representation of the process of internalizing symbolic authority as conscience in postmodem textuality. This allows us to question father structures in fiction, the issue of literary paternity and even our problematic access to the realm of the Symbolic. This paper is in many ways intended as a reflection on Barthelme's novel and on Roland Barthes' affirmation that every narrative "is staging of the (absent, hidden or hypostatized) father".