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Kings and Cuckolds: Passion as Power

Sudhir Kakar and John Munder Ross

in Tales of Love, Sex, and Danger

Second edition

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780198072560
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082124 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072560.003.0005
Kings and Cuckolds: Passion as Power

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The narratives in this chapter—the Persian story of King Moubad, Vis, and Ramin, the Indian legends of patriarchs, gods or kings, lusting after their daughters and coming up sharply against their sons, and even the famed myth of Oedipus—introduce us to triangles in their more primitive aspect. These triangles are not the so-called straightforward ‘Oedipal triangles’ seen from the vantage point of the ‘son’ alone. In Indian literature, rivalry between father and son centres on a father’s incestuous attempt to defy generational barriers rather than the son’s wishes for sexual union with the mother. The story of Vis and Ramin, along with Indian myths and folktales, is as much about fathers and sons and rivalry and violence as about sex.

Keywords: Oedipus; incest; King Moubad; Vis and Ramin; patriarchs; daughters; sons; Oedipal triangles

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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