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By Deborah P. Britzman

ISBN-10: 0791456730

ISBN-13: 9780791456736

ISBN-10: 1417500808

ISBN-13: 9781417500802

Makes use of psychoanalytic theories of studying to discover modern concerns in schooling.

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The other side of this equation is spoiled by Victor DIFFICULT EDUCATION 23 Frankenstein, whose manic triumph, after the creature was given life, turns into a disillusionment in which he feels only horror toward his own awful experiment. Without a sense of indebtedness made from this terror, education would remain inhuman and our creature, along with Victor, would remain all too human. The preoccupation with what exactly the baby or the child is capable of, and with what adults ought to do with it, belongs to our modern sensibilities.

And that’s not right. I mean, even if they were—which they weren’t—it’s not right to say that. Dustin: When they call them fag, I think it’s just a slang term for, like loser. I don’t think they really meant that. They were like nerds. (New York Times, April 30, 1999, p. A25) In reading through this interview, there is a terrible sense that language and knowledge have lost their objects, indeed, have lost the qualities of the transitional object, and so that transitional space is filled with nothing that matters, including the disclaimed hatred and hostility of empty words.

But to ask what can we learn does not mean supplying a lesson that can somehow stabilize the utter difficulty of this interminable question. Alain Finkielkraut (2000) ends his reflection on the twentieth century by lamenting over the utter difficulty of changing the self and the power of “Minus K”: Life goes on, things happen, but nothing seems exciting enough to change modern man. Feelings reign freely, and ideology is defeated—at least for the time being—but the new age has not conquered the empire of resentment.

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