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Overview

Novel Gazing is the first collection of queer criticism on the history of the novel. The contributors navigate new territory in literary theory with essays that implicitly challenge the "hermeneutic of suspicion" widespread in current critical theory. In a stunning introductory essay, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick delineates the possibilities for a criticism that would be "reparative" rather than cynical or paranoid. The startingly imaginative essays in the volume explore new critical practices that can weave the pleasures and disorientations of reading into the fabric of queer analyses.

Through discussions of a diverse array of British, French, and American novels-including major canonical novels, bestsellers, children's fiction, and science fiction-these essays explore queer worlds of taste, texture, joy, and ennui, focusing on such subjects as flogging, wizardry, exorcism, dance, Zionist desire, and Internet sexuality. Interpreting the works of authors as diverse as Benjamin Constant, Toni Morrison, T. H. White, and William Gibson, along with canonical queer modernists such as James, Proust, Woolf, and Cather, contributors reveal the wealth of ways in which selves and communities succeed in extracting sustenance from the objects of a culture whose avowed desire has often been not to sustain them.

The dramatic reframing that these essays perform will make Novel Gazing essential for all literary critics.

Contributors. Stephen Barber, Renu Bora, Anne Chandler, James Creech, Jonathan Goldberg, Joseph Litvak, Michael Lucey, Jeff Nunokawa, Cindy Patton, Jacob Press, Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Melissa Solomon, Tyler Stevens, Kathryn Bond Stockton, John Vincent, Maurice Wallace, Barry Weller

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Editorial Reviews

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Eighteen contributors offer queer criticism on the history of the novel. Representative topics include Internet sexuality, the Turing Test, and ; Balzac's queer cousins and their friends; Thomas Day's queer curriculum in ; the homoerotics of Jewish nationalism in and ; and relations between women in Henry James's . Eight of the essays originally appeared in , v.28. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher

“This is brilliant. . . and it represents some brilliant critics at their best. These essays illustrate a different and immensely attractive discursive mode. I know of no work more resonant or anywhere near as generous. Beyond that, it marks Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s first move into reparative criticism—and that is a momentous event. ”—James R. Kincaid, University of Southern California
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822320401
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: Series Q
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is Distinguished Professor of English, CUNY Graduate Center. Books she has authored include Fat Art/Thin Art and Tendencies. She has edited or coedited numerous volumes, including Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader and Gary In Your Pocket: Stories and Notebooks of Gary Fisher, also published by Duke University Press.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading; or, You're So Paranoid, You Probably Think This Introduction is About You 1
Prophylactics and Brains: Beloved in the Cybernetic Age of AIDS 41
Strange Gourmet: Taste, Waste, Proust 74
Outing Texture 94
The "Sinister Fruitiness" of Machines: Neuromancer, Internet Sexuality, and the Turing Test 128
The Importance of Being Bored: The Dividends of Ennui in The Picture of Dorian Gray 151
Balzac's Queer Cousins and Their Friends 167
Defying "Development": Thomas Day's Queer Curriculum in Sandford and Merton 201
Wizards, Warriors, and the Beast Glatisant in Love 227
Forged in Crisis: Queer Beginnings of Modern Masculinity in a Canonical French Novel 249
Flogging in Fundamental: Applications of Birch in Swinburne's Lesbia Brandon 269
Same-Sex Unions in Modern Europe: Daniel Deronda, Altneuland, and the Homoerotics of Jewish Nationalism 299
To Die For 330
Tearing the Goat's Flesh: Crisis, Homosexuality, Abjection, and the Production of a Late-Twentieth-Century Black Masculinity 353
The Autochoreography of an Ex-Snow Queen: Dance, Desire, and the Black Masculine in Melvin Dixon's Vanishing Rooms 379
Lip-Reading: Woolf's Secret Encounters 401
The Female World of Exorcism and Displacement (Or, Relations between Women in Henry James's Nineteenth-Century The Portrait of a Lady) 444
Strange Brothers 465
Bibliography 483
Index 501
Contributors 517
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