Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity
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Touching Feeling by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Book DescriptionA pioneer in queer theory and literary studies, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick brings together for the first time in Touching Feeling her most powerful explorations of emotion and expression. In essays that show how her groundbreaking work in queer theory has developed into a deep interest in affect, Sedgwick offers what she calls "tools and techniques for nondualistic thought," in the process touching and transforming such theoretical discourses as psychoanalysis, speech-act theory, Western Buddhism, and the Foucauldian "hermeneutics of suspicion." In prose sometimes somber, often high-spirited, and always accessible and moving, Touching Feeling interrogates-through virtuoso readings of works by Henry James, J. L. Austin, Judith Butler, the psychologist Silvan Tomkins and others-emotion in many forms. What links the work of teaching to the experience of illness? How can shame become an engine for queer politics, performance, and pleasure? Is sexuality more like an affect or a drive? Is paranoia the only realistic epistemology for modern intellectuals? Ultimately, Sedgwick's unfashionable commitment to the truth of happiness propels a book as open-hearted as it is intellectually daring.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780822330158
(228mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 17-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Epistemology of the Closet, Paperback (January 2008)
Since the late 1980s, queer studies and theory have become vital to the intellectual and political life of the United States. Working from texts of European and American writers, this work analyzes a turn-of-the-century historical moment in which sexual orientation became as important a demarcation of personhood as gender had been for centuries.
Tendencies, Paperback (March 1994)» View all books by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Combining poetry, wit, polemic and dazzling scholarship these essays set new standards of passion for current theoretical writing. United in its vision of a new queer activism, Tendencies ranges through literature with a unique style.
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Author Biography - Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of numerous books including A Dialogue on Love and Epistemology of the Closet. Her books Tendencies; Fat Art, Thin Art, a book of poetry; Novel Gazing: Queer Readings in Fiction; and Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader (coedited with Adam Frank) are published by Duke University Press.
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