| Regarding the Generation of the Child: A Series |
Melanie Klein’s 10 year old patient “Richard”‘s drawings during their sessions were included in her “Narrative of a Child Analysis” (1941) [via melanie-klein-trust.org]
This open-access, serial essay explores five major conceptual-theoretical optics that take up the question of “the generation of the child”: the formation, constitution, and morphogenesis of the child as a figure, a subject, a body, a bloc of affects. Each chapter differentially emphasizes the processual, though profoundly asymmetric, individuation of what is captured in the term “child” in its trans-generational relations with parents and pedagogues. At the conclusion of the five chapters, which make transversal connections across, between and through philosophy, psychoanalysis, genealogy, ethics, and affect theory, I offer some synthetic and integrative conclusions and speculations about the usefulness of different conceptual enframings for interdisciplinary work on the child and the question of its generation and potential different future generation.
Table of Contents:
I. Hylomorphism and Pedagogy: Plato’s Technical Political Physics
II. Child Sexuality as Mistranslation of the Parental Unconscious: Laplanche’s “Identification-by”
III. Masturbation and Pedagogization: Foucault’s Genealogy of Child Sexuality
IV. Born of the Interval: Irigaray’s Ethics of Difference
V. Childhood Blocks: Deleuze and Guattari’s Infant Affects
VI. Conclusion: What are Little Kids Made of, in Theory?
Your comments, feedback, and questions each week are deeply encouraged. Much like the conceptual apparatus I will be accretively assembling in this transductive essay, this is a dynamic and open-ended project that will evolve as it takes shape. I invite you to take part in that process in what ever way you feel moved.