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Mothers and Sons

Elizabeth Archibald

in Incest and the Medieval Imagination

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198112099
eISBN:
9780191708497
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112099.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter on mother-son incest (the most serious kind for the Middle Ages) considers two main types of plot. When the incest is consummated, the issue is whether the protagonist(s) will confess, ... More


Transgressions of the Everyday: Stories of Mother-Son Incest in Japanese Popular Culture

Anne Allison

in Permitted and Prohibited Desires: Mothers, Comics, and Censorship in Japan

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219908
eISBN:
9780520923447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219908.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter looks at a host of stories about mother–son incest that were faddish in a spectrum of the mass media in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In all, the elements of the narrative were so ... More


Target Mom: Disciplining “Misplaced Sympathy”

Charles S. Young

in Name, Rank, and Serial Number: Exploiting Korean War POWs at Home and Abroad

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780195183481
eISBN:
9780199344796
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183481.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, Military History

For concerned cold warriors, Korea POWs represented a double vulnerability. They collaborated with the enemy and then a sentimental public made excuses for them. The supposed weakness in captivity ... More


Copulating with One’s Stepmother—Or Birth Mother?

Paul R. Goldin

in Behaving Badly in Early and Medieval China

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780824867812
eISBN:
9780824875671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824867812.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter discusses the reviled but well-attested ancient Chinese practice of zheng烝‎, or copulating with a deceased father’s concubine. Certain social structures, notably institutionalized ... More


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