a childhood, a silence, a learning gesture


  • cintya regina ribeiro Universidade de São Paulo / Faculdade de Educação




gesto, estilização, cartografia, infância, política da atenção


Scorched, a play written by the Lebanese dramatist Wadji Mouawad and published in French in 2003, suggests, beyond the singularity of a historical family context, an investigation about the relationship between gestures, ethics, politics and childhood. The analysis sets out two moments of the narrative to develop the discussions: a) the effects of the silence of Nawal´s character; b) the writing gesture that runs through the three generations of women. The paper is, therefore, organized according to three analytical levels. At first, regarding the gesture of silence, it explores the relationship between politicization and stylization, along with Giorgio Agamben’s theoretical inspiration; secondly, following Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s theoretical legacy, the paper examines the relationship between gesture and signs, in order to present a cartographic production of living. We state that the cartographic urgencies constitute a kind of labor of stylization and politicization of life forms, which requires an articulation between gestures and a political attention. Finally, the analysis approaches the issue of gestures in a learning perspective, pointing out the effects of such experience in order to understand childhood as a pervasive force capable of ubiquity anytime and anywhere. The paper concludes affirming the impersonality nature of gesture and its potency as a signature in the world.

Author Biography

cintya regina ribeiro, Universidade de São Paulo / Faculdade de Educação

Departamento de Filosofia da Educação e Ciências da Educação



How to Cite

ribeiro, cintya regina. (2016). a childhood, a silence, a learning gesture. Childhood & Philosophy, 12(23), 47–64. https://doi.org/10.12957/childphilo.2016.23419