Thomas Kuehn's Heirs, Kin, and Creditors analyzes the repudiation of inheritance by Florentines from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries.
Kuehn argues that reading repudiation as an act of individualism against family obligations or conversely as an act of "some Renaissance era Tuscan version of 'amoral familialism'" (213) against social and legal obligations is too simplistic.
Having first outlined the legal history and framework of repudiation, and traced Florentine attitudes toward inheritance as well as occurrences of repudiation in family records (the ubiquitous ricordanze kept by so many moneyed Florentines), Kuehn devotes the second half of the book to analyzing the data from the governmental and notarial records.
The repudiation of Caterina, a nun at San Niccolo of Prato (so, in fact, the repudiation of the entire convent), recorded by the notary noted that Gostanza had no other dowry or prospect of having a dowry unless she received her grandmother's estate (163-64).
1) Kuehn's study of repudiation provides a welcome step toward gauging just how far these fears influenced behavior.
In the face of repudiations like this, Eric B & Rakim excavate and invoke Hathaway's ancestral legacy.
Baldwin assesses the costs, arguing that, in order for one to perform repudiations, "one has to blot so much out of the mind - and the heart - that this hatred itself becomes an exhausting and self-destructive pose .
The failure to acknowledge the complexity of historical experience in Faulkner's narratives of repudiation points to the central importance of the process delineated in Baldwin's Just Above My Head:
Power clears the passage, swiftly: but the paradox, here, is that power, rooted in history, is also the mockery and the repudiation of history.