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About ‘An Education’

June 6, 2010

I watched An Education again today. This time in the light of Andre’s insightful questioning. Andre wonders whether the movie ever really lets go of the romantic perspective of the young Jenny and begins to think of education as something other than a means to an end. This is certainly the question the movie asks, and in my view asks it brilliantly. But there is the moment when Jenny concludes in conversation with her teacher that she has learnt that ‘There is no shortcut to the life I want”. The problem with this conclusion is, of course, that its not radical enough. On this view, shortcut or longcut, education becomes instrumentalised. Jamie Smith points us in the direction of the alternative when he seeks to imagine what it would mean to make education a matter of the formation of desire and therefore of character and life. What do you think such an education looks like?

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  1. June 26, 2010 4:37 am

    I watched this on the plane back from LA.

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