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

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A 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.

 

About Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

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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.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Duke University Press Books. 209 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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These essays,""a palimpsest of previously published and unpublished material,"" find Sedgwick expanding her impressive critical powers to areas beyond literature and politics.

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London Review of Books

In the introduction to her new book, Touching Feeling, the queer theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick describes its strange and haunting black and white cover photograph as ‘the catalyst that impelled me to assemble the book in its present form’.

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Sedgwick's latest book, Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity, excites, demands, perplexes.

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If one is familiar with these works, Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity, her latest book, will be a poignant reminder of those early days, which she discusses briefly in the introduction in order to reference the affective conditions—chiefly the emotions provoked by the AIDS epide...

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