ERIC Number: EJ1109639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
An Essay Is Being Written: Between Aggression and "Just Words"
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v19 n2 p167-178 2012
If education tends to be viewed as an antidote to social violence, this paper turns to Freud's study of the "beating fantasy" to consider the fictional representation of psychical aggression in scenes of schooling and being schooled. It is argued that such representations both express and fend off libidinal passions at the heart of student/teacher relationships, and language itself. Drawing on clinical examples and a controversial piece of student writing, I suggest that the teacher's greatest emotional challenge will be to read with an eye for the unspoken communication of forbidden desire held in written iterations of Freud's "beating fantasy", without acting on her own.
Descriptors: Essays, Aggression, Emotional Response, Violence, Psychology, Psychological Patterns, Fiction, Teacher Role
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