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ERIC Number: EJ831832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Spinsters, Schoolmarms, and Queers: Female Teacher Gender and Sexuality in Medicine and Psychoanalytic Theory and History
Cavanagh, Sheila L.
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v27 n4 p421-440 Dec 2006
This paper examines the social construction of white, female, spinster teacher personality profiles in the first half of the 20th century. Focusing on the psychological, medical, and psychoanalytic literature, I provide an overview of how white unmarried female teacher personalities were understood in order to provide a historical context for present day queer and transgender identities in North American schools. I identify four main personality profiles of the female teacher in educational historiography which were informed by Freudian psychoanalysis: the masculinity complex; moral masochism; altruistic surrender; and the tyrannical disciplinarian. I conclude that spinster teacher personality profiles can be read as queer and gender-variant and that such readings shed light on gender and sexual regulation in education historiography. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Language: English
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