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Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick: Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity (Series Q)

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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick . ”—Lauren Berlant, author of The Queen of America Goes to Washington City “Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's gift is to electrify intellectual communities by reminding them that ’thought’ has a temperature, a texture, and an erotics. Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity (Series Q) . Sedgwick has hardly abandoned explorations of queerness-an essay on shame and Henry James's The Art of the Novel is about as queer as theory gets-but these five pieces find her attuned to the textures of things, and to things themselves. There are too many high points in Touching Feeling for me to list them. ”—Wayne Koestenbaum, author of Andy Warhol See all Editorial Reviews

. Though she's best known for her work in queer theory (Epistemology of the Closet), Sedgwick has always been interested in "performativity"-how people embody linguistic and non-linguistic concepts. Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly These essays, "a palimpsest of previously published and unpublished material," find Sedgwick expanding her impressive critical powers to areas beyond literature and politics. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review “Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick writes with intense precision, and yet her work directs us toward the domain where meaning is music, unquantifiable, enigmatic, nonlinguistic. Sedgwick's language, richly garlanded, syntactically showstopping, gives, everywhere, its characteristic, always surprising pleasure. " Fearless, challenging and occasionally exhilarating, Sedgwick remains one of the most courageous critics around. With a generosity that is at once self-abnegatingly ascetic, and gorgeously, exhibitionistically bravura, she opens door after door onto undiscovered fields of inquiry. If the performative speech act, with all its relation to norms and laws, is central to the reception of her work in queer theory, then the performativity of knowledge beyond speech—aesthetic, bodily, affective—is its real topic. Her readings-of everything from Thackeray to "my friends who are thirty"-take on a sensual quality, exploring the connections between "phenomenology and affect" and "what motivates performativity and performance" and "what individual and collective effects are mobilized in their execution.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (January 17, 2003)
  • Series: Series Q
January 17, 2003 0822330156 978-0822330158

File size: 4,7 MB

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