Marisa Parham

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Posted by on Oct 22 2008, in archive-me


baby uncannyInfant

[a. OF. enfant-aunt (F. enfant, Pr. enfan, Sp., Pg., It. infante) child:{em}L. inf{amac}nsinf{amac}nt-em child, n. use of inf{amac}ns unable to speak, f. in- (IN-3) +f{amac}ns, pres. pple. of f{amac}-r{imac} to speak. Aphetized FAUNT.]

There is much to say on many topics! But right now I am working on your Lacan podcast. In the meantime, keep the comments and questions coming, to help center our conversation and so that I can respond in class tomorrow.

I just want to take a moment to post some relevant NYT articles that have been mentioned by myself and others this week and last. Take a look at them; they are all quick reads:

“Infants’ Sense of Pain Is Recognized, Finally” (1987): On the infant and pain question, there are multiple sources, but I thought this one might be interesting, as it comes from the moment of the big realization.

“MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF INFANTS” (1881): Pretty funny, and pretty old. It is funny in the author’s rhetorical dismissal of the questionnaire as against “common sense.” But it is also interesting in The American Social Science Association’s approach and interest in these questions.

“Researchers Trace Empathy’s Roots to Infancy” (1989): On mimicry, empathy, knowing. Also, insight into how researchers measure response and make meaning out of it (which should also remind you of the Eula Bliss essay, as well).

More generally, the empathy question has come up in various contexts this semester, and we will continue with it more specifically. I have an old post from my Faulkner and Morrison class that might be useful. Click here to read it (AILD is As I Lay Dying and SatF is The Sound and the Fury).