Resistance, loss and love in learning to read: A psychoanalytic inquiry

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This conceptual essay employs psychoanalytic theory in exploring the difficulties the author's son experienced in learning to read. Emphasizing the profoundly affective and subjective dimensions of one child's movement toward and against literacy, the author considers the potential of psychoanalytic perspectives in helping teachers and researchers better understand and respond to children's resistance to reading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-309
Number of pages38
JournalResearch in the Teaching of English
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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