ERIC Number: EJ1109640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
What Is the Use of Theory? A Psychoanalytic Discussion
Britzman, Deborah P.
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v19 n1 p43-56 2012
Freud asking whether psychoanalysis could be taught in the university, and then whether it could be learned, provides an occasion for asking about the emotional uses of theory. The paper draws from literature, clinical writing and pedagogy to build a psychoanalytic discussion of teaching and learning that takes seriously phantasies of knowledge made from the creation, conveyance and reception of theory. This learning complex involves symptoms in education: resistance to theory, fear of theory, fear of words, and writing inhibitions. Freud's third model of psychoanalysis, "working through," suggests a new approach to the use of theory in university.
Descriptors: Psychiatry, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Theories, Resistance to Change, Fear, Inhibition, Literary Criticism, Writing Ability, College English, English Instruction, Educational Practices
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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