ERIC Number: ED237993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Developing the Relation of Author to Idea, or, Curing the Student-Writer's Transference Neurosis.
Micham, Dennis L.
Meaningful use of language involves intending to have an effect and intending the audience to recognize that aim. In a Freudian modification of this premise, allowing for different levels of intentional awareness, writing can be discussed in terms of how writers intend to affect readers, as well as how aware they are themselves of their intentions and how aware they want their readers to be of these intentions. An example of these considerations is the question of how much the power structure in the student-teacher relationship affects what students write and how knowingly students write for teachers as the "authority." In psychoanalysis, the "authority" of analysts resides in the phenomena of transference (dependence) and countertransference (fostering that dependence). Once freed of this "transference," clients are able to see their own motivations more clearly. This analogy suggests that neither students nor teachers should allow teachers special authority over student ideas. It does not suggest, however, that the asymmetric student teacher relationship should be totally dismantled. Teachers can abdicate authority in the writing sphere to encourage student insight and freedom, yet retain it in the literary sphere. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness; Countertransference; Transference
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (34th, Detroit, MI, March 17-19, 1983).