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ERIC Number: ED402577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 8
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Crossing Over: Individuality and Social Constructivism in the Writing Center.
Mullin, Anne
There need be no quarrel between those who believe that writing comes primarily from an individual's discovery of selfhood and those who believe that writing is primarily the result of social interaction. Two theoretical perspectives are helpful in considering this issue. The first, presented by D. W. Winnicott, suggests that an infant learns gradually, over time, that it is a separate entity, apart from its mother. In time, the child learns both to recognize and to cope with or to control, at least partially, the separation and otherness of the mother. The second theory, presented by J. Lacan, suggests that a child undergoes a moment of shock or loss during the mirror stage, the time when the child first recognizes himself or herself in the mirror. It could be argued, however, that the mirror stage is not so much a shock as a discovery, a recognition of the already-felt-but-not-represented non-mother. Writing centers are successful to the point that they offer opportunities to discover boundaries between self and other. The process of putting throughts into words requires, as Flower suggests, that thoughts be separated out form intuitive inklings or nudges in the nervous system. The writer must also deal with the risk of misinterpretation. Repeated experiences of separation and restoration--drafting, hearing the draft read, having it evaluated, and rewriting it--strengthen the writer's sense of writing as both self and other. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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