Reading Between Bodies and Institutions
Two articles in Gender and Education Volume 10, Number 1 (March 1998) - Pauline Leonard's 'Gendering change? Management, masculinity and the dynamics of incorporation' and Alison Bartlett's 'A passionate subject: representations of desire in feminist pedagogy' - suggested to the author the fruitful potential of 'reading between' positions. Though, at first, the differences between the two articles - in situation, content, critical perspective-loom large, they both circulate around the common problem of finding a place for women in educational institutions that veer between the indifferent, the begrudging or the actively hostile. This article attempts to bring into dialogue the sense of professional woman in Leonard and of corporeal woman in Bartlett. The author also reads between these two articles and her own preoccupation with the role of the feminist teacher and suggests, tentatively, that a new interpretation of 'impersonality' may negotiate the intense involvement Bartlett hopes for and the institutional pressures Leonard feels.
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