“Kafka’s father’s over-presence is not a direct fact: it appears as such only against the background of the suspension of the father’s symbolic function.” – This father’s “too-muchness” ..is ultimately the too-muchness of life itself, the humiliating quality of the father’s excess of vitality which undermines his authority—recall how Kafka’s notices his father’s‘taste for indecent expressions, which you would produce in the loudest possible voice, laughing about them as though you had said something particularly good, while in point of fact it was only a banal little obscenity (at the same time this again was for me a humiliating manifestation of your vitality).”Again, one should bear in mind the proper order of causality: it is not that father’s excessive vitality undermines his symbolic authority; it is, rather, the other way round, i.e., the very fact that one is bothered by father’s excessive vitality already presupposes the failure of symbolic authority.

– SLAVOJ ZIZEKon “the father’s excess of vitality which undermines his authority”

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