Freud, Lacan and Erotic Desire in Education

  • Anne Stebbins Anne Stebbins is a PhD student at the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto, Ontario. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, where she also taught high school. Her current scholarship focuses on queer, female, secondary school teachers and their embodied experiences of teaching and learning.


This article provides an analysis of Freudian and Lacanian notions of transference and relates the unconscious displacement of emotion to student-teacher relationships. It considers learning as a highly emotional experience and imagines chaotic and unruly desires as encouraging risky and pleasurable learning in feminist classrooms. Résumé Cet article fait une analyse des lignes de pensées de transfert freudien et lacanien et rattache le déplacement inconscient d'émotions dans les relations entre l' étudiant ou l'étudiante avec son enseignant ou son enseignante. Il considère l'apprentissage comme étant une expérience très émotionnelle et imagine que les désirs chaotiques et indisciplinés encouragent l'apprentissage risqué et plaisant dans les classes féministes.