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October 2008


metaphor, educational discourse


This essay concerns the body’s positioning in discussions of teaching, specifically focusing on the authors’ efforts to trace discursive invocations of teachers’ bodies by students reflecting on the teaching vocation. The authors explore, through a series of intertwined autoethnographic narratives, the research process that led them through focus group data collection and analysis, to reflections on students’ metaphorical use of the “teacher’s body” in these focus groups, to (in light of feedback from anonymous reviewers) the role of the authors’ own teachers’ bodies in constituting this research and its implications.


This article appeared in Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, volume 4, issue 3, October 2008, and can be found at this link:

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