SISS 2017: Pedagogy and The Perverse In Toni Morrison’s 'God Help The Child' - Public Lecture by Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc

June 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
519 Kaneff Tower, York University
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON M3J 1P0

The Centre for Feminist Research at York University presents:

Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies (SISS) 2017
Perversion at the Crossroads of Critical Race Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Queer Theory

Pedagogy and The Perverse In Toni Morrison’s God Help The Child
Public Lecture by Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc

Introduced by Toby Wiggins

Monday, June 5, 2017
519 Kaneff, York University

Aligned with queer scholarship recuperating perversion from its pathological treatment in the social sciences, Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc theorizes the perverse in a turn to Melanie Klein’s treatment of Freud’s polymorphous perverse baby subject to the adult (m)other’s sexual drives. This lecture will examine how infantile sexuality is expressed and repressed in sexual and racial markers of identity through a psychoanalytic reading of Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child. Dr. Mishra Tarc will discuss how Morrison’s novel investigates personal, legal and societal responses to perverse expressions of the child’s sexuality generating, degenerating and regenerating the self. Subject to the other with sexual drives of their own, this text highlights the profound role of pedagogy in the care of the child’s polymorphous perverse existence.

Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education at York University. Her scholarship examines the dynamic place of pedagogy in the ongoing subject formation of person. She is the author of Literacy of the Other: Renarrating Humanity (SUNY Press) and is currently working on the book Pedagogy in the Novels of J.M. Coetzee (Routledge).

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With support from a SSHRC Connection Grant and York University: Office of the Vice President Academic & Provost; Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation; the Faculty of Education; the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; the Faculty of Graduate Studies; the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies; the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Glendon Gender and Women’s Studies Program; the Sexuality Studies Program; Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School; Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought; Department of Anthropology; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Social Science; and the Centre for Feminist Research.

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