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ERIC Number: EJ1108165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
The Problem of Agency: Posthumanist Theory and English Teaching
Misson, Ray
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v20 n4 p351-363 2013
Many of the major movements in English teaching over the last 25 years have drawn on poststructuralist/posthumanist theory, filtered through work in cultural studies predicated on the social construction of identity. While this has been enormously productive in many ways, there has been a nagging problem with the question of agency. How can subject English enable students to be agentic, able to shape their lives actively, rather than simply being aware of and/or resistant to the shaping society imposes? This article discusses this problem of agency, and proposes that in fact there has often been an underlying concern in much theory with affirming the importance of the "art of living". Some answers as to the shape this might take are to be found in perhaps one of the most unexpected places, the work of Lacan, as developed by Mari Ruti.
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Language: English
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