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Teachers and Eros

Teachers and Eros Sex Education Vol. 10, No. 3, August 2010, 325–330 Deborah P. Britzman* Faculty of Education, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada The Great Question before us is: Are we doomed? The Great Question before us is: Will the Past release us? The Great Question before us is: Can we change? In Time? ... And Theory? How are we to proceed without Theory? (Kushner 1993, Part II, 13) To give a tentative response to the questions dramatized by the playwright Tony Kushner (1993), whose two-part play spans the beginning years of the AIDS pandemic, we proceed by way of Eros. This power of love signifies without guarantee, can attach to anything, is easily lost, and is made urgent with our great questions. Desire transmits to the other its mysteries, fissures, madness, frailties, and vulnerabilities, carried on with the question ‘how will I love?’ Without our libido, we erotic creatures would have no reason to think, to fantasize, to dream, to fall in love with people and ideas, and to reach out to others. These creative events of curiosity compose our sexuality and passion, expressed at first through the condensation of object relations and then surprised by our choice of object. We http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Sex Education:Sexuality, Society and Learning" Taylor & Francis

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1472-0825
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1468-1811
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10.1080/14681811.2010.491627
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Sex Education Vol. 10, No. 3, August 2010, 325–330 Deborah P. Britzman* Faculty of Education, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada The Great Question before us is: Are we doomed? The Great Question before us is: Will the Past release us? The Great Question before us is: Can we change? In Time? ... And Theory? How are we to proceed without Theory? (Kushner 1993, Part II, 13) To give a tentative response to the questions dramatized by the playwright Tony Kushner (1993), whose two-part play spans the beginning years of the AIDS pandemic, we proceed by way of Eros. This power of love signifies without guarantee, can attach to anything, is easily lost, and is made urgent with our great questions. Desire transmits to the other its mysteries, fissures, madness, frailties, and vulnerabilities, carried on with the question ‘how will I love?’ Without our libido, we erotic creatures would have no reason to think, to fantasize, to dream, to fall in love with people and ideas, and to reach out to others. These creative events of curiosity compose our sexuality and passion, expressed at first through the condensation of object relations and then surprised by our choice of object. We

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Published: Aug 1, 2010

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