ERIC Number: EJ909469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Legal, Tender: The Deferred Romance of Pedagogical Relation in "The Paper Chase"
Stillwaggon, James; Jelinek, David
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v30 n1 p1-17 Jan 2011
Films depicting educational relationships typically emphasize personal connections between students and teachers over the educational goals that such relations facilitate. In doing so, these films raise the question of how teachers stand in relation to their institutional roles in such a way as to inspire students' desires for knowledge. In this paper, in order to examine the influence of institutional roles in defining teacher-student relationships, we analyze "The Paper Chase," a film in which teacher and student have no personal connection but in which the drama of student desire is nonetheless clearly featured. Drawing from Plato's erotics, in which the soul is shaped by desire for that which it lacks, and from Jacques Lacan's theories of desire and transference, we argue that "The Paper Chase" portrays educational desire as rooted in the differential of authority between teacher and student.
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Institutional Role, Teacher Role, Content Analysis, Films, Legal Education (Professions)
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