Join us as we mark the publication of DADDY ISSUES by Katherine Angel, the latest pocket essay from Hackney's Peninsula Press.
In the wake of #MeToo, we have begun to talk more openly about the widespread harm inflicted by men on women. But little has been said about the fact that many of these men are also fathers.
Bold, challenging and nuanced, Daddy Issues examines the place of fathers in contemporary culture and asks how the mixture of love and hatred we feel towards our fathers can be turned into a relationship that is generative rather than destructive. If we are to effectively dismantle patriarchy, it is vital that fathers are kept on the hook.
Praise for Daddy Issues:
‘A timely, necessary work from one of our most vital thinkers. Moving with ease across psychoanalysis, popular culture and literary criticism, weaponising the thought of Woolf, Winnicott and Solanas, Daddy Issues flips the familial script and takes aim at all our Daddies: domestic, cultural, patriarchal, even presidential. The result is a wincingly perceptive, deeply engaged book, one that takes us into the dark heart of a cultural fixation, then shows us, with deep care and empathy, the way back out.’ — Sam Byers, author of Perfidious Albion
‘This is a brave and brilliant book by one of the most insightful and articulate writers at work today. Katherine Angel is unafraid to look head on at the forgotten figure in feminism’s critique of patriarchy: the father. All of us, daughters and sons, mothers and fathers, are enriched by confronting these libidinal energies, these daddy issues at the centre of all of our lives.’ — Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London
Katherine Angel is the author of Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell (Penguin; Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and Daddy Issues (Peninsula Press). She teaches creative and critical writing at Birkbeck College, University of London, and has a PhD in the history of sexuality and psychiatry.
Helen Charman is a writer, teacher, and researcher based in London. Her poems have appeared in Paratext, The White Review, Blackbox Manifold, Datableed, and Carcanet's New Poetries VII. Her first pamphlet, Support, support, came out from Offord Road Books in 2018 and was previously shortlisted for the White Review Poet's Prize, and her second, Daddy Poem, came out with SPAM Press in March 2019, and was shortlisted for the Ivan Juritz Prize. Her essays have been published in The White Review, The Stinging Fly, The Baffler, King’s Review and Another Gaze. She is currently completing a PhD thesis at the University of Cambridge, which looks at the relationship between maternity, empire, and capitalism in mid-to-late nineteenth-century social realist fiction.