History[ edit ] The Indian subcontinent has historically been home to a wide variety of wedding systems. Some were unique to the region, such as Swayamvara which was rooted in the historical Vedic religion and had a strong hold in popular culture because it was the procedure used by Rama and Sita. In a swayamvara, the girl's parents broadcast the intent of the girl to marry and invited all interested men to be present in a wedding hall on a specific date and time. Sometimes the father of the bride would arrange for a competition among the suitors, such as a feat of strength, to help in the selection process.
Additional Information In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Still, for many years the mother-son relationship seemed all but ignored by the academic community.
Some might account for this avoidance by citing sexual undertones in the mother-son relationship as alluded to in Spanking the Monkey  and The Grifters . Because cinematic representation is a cultural touchstone with immense symbolic value, it is worthwhile to examine how the mother-son relationship has been portrayed in contemporary American film.
If the mother-son relationship has sometimes been ignored in cinematic representation, it has certainly been pathologized. Images of boyhood typically involve rituals such as playing ball with Dadbut what happens when Dad is out of the picture?
After viewing recent American films, one might think that when Dad is absent, all normalcy disappears as well. Although many films incorporate the above themes, my choice of films for this essay was narrowed by a desire to concentrate on American films released in the s or later and to include a range of films representing cultural diversity as much as possible.
Using textual analysis within a cultural studies framework, I demonstrate that films seemingly focused on mother-son relationships are usually more oriented toward missing father-son relationships. As scholars have noted, a close, loving relationship with both parents fosters healthy development in sons and daughters alike.
In recent years, members of the academic community have started to advocate mother-son closeness, though they are battling years of strongly ingrained opposition. In Mothers and Sons: This assumption reverberates throughout much popular, literary, and nicole marie keating If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click 'Authenticate'.
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