Fathers (Good, Bad and Indifferent) in Literature
One can sketch out a veritable sub-genre of literary work devoted to the struggle between fathers and sons to give some kind of meaning to their shared fate and common past. The ambiguities between fathers and sons animates the works we will read in this SDG. Some of the works are old and some are recent. We will begin in 429 BC with patricide by Oedipus and proceed through stories about fathers and sons that are full of love and hate, happiness and tragedy, and end in 2015 with a black father's letter advising his son how to exist in a white world. We will discuss the listed books both as literature and as an effort to understand the meaning of the father/son relationship to the authors and to us.