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Christopher Breu and Elizabeth A. Hatmaker

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823287802

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823287802.001.0001

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Noir Pedagogy: The Problem of Student Masochism in the Classroom Economy

Noir Pedagogy: The Problem of Student Masochism in the Classroom Economy

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Noir Affect

Elizabeth A. Hatmaker

Fordham University Press

In “Noir Pedagogy,” Hatmaker draws on a range of different noir novels and films as well as Jacques Lacan’s conception of the four discourses, and Gilles Deleuze’s and Jean Laplanche’s differing accounts of sadism and masochism to theorize power and transference in the contemporary classroom. The chapter begins with the problem of the student who, in various ways, colludes with their own failure. Such a narrative of failure is classically noir. The chapter examines this dynamic as it plays out in the unequally structured classroom. It goes on to theorize different versions of noir affect in the classroom, including students who embody the sadistic masculine position (the detective or dick), the sadistic hysteric position (the femme fatale), and the masochistic feminine position (the corpse). The chapter concludes by pointing toward a collective praxis of working through trauma that can move the classroom out of the shadow of noir and transform it into a more affirmative and just environment.

Keywords:   affect, Deleuze, four discourses, Lacan, Laplanche, masochism, noir, pedagogy, sadism, students

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