Sedgwick, Eve. “Pedagogy of Buddhism”

Sedgwick, Eve. “Pedagogy of Buddhism.” Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity. Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2003. 153-181. Print.

To remember:

  • Is it true that we can learn only when we are aware we are being taught? (153)
  • Possibly we do not want to learn the lesson our cat is teaching. Here, in an affective register, is another mistake about mimesis: the cat’s assumption that we identify with it strongly enough to want to be more like it … For a human educator, the cat’s unsuccessful pedagogy resonates with plenty of everyday nightmares (154).
  • It’s often too late when we finally recognize the “resistance” (mouse flipping) of a student/patient as a form of pedagogy aimed at us and inviting our mimesis. We may wonder afterwards whether and how we could have managed to turn the particular teacher/therapist needed by each one. Perhaps their implication has been: Try it my way – if you’re going to teach me. Or even: I have something more important to teach you than you have to teach me (154).

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