Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity / Edition 1

Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity / Edition 1

by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822330156

ISBN-13: 9780822330158

Pub. Date: 01/17/2003

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

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…  See more details below

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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 the Author

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822330158
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/17/2003
Series:
Series Q
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
475,255
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Interlude, Pedagogic27
1Shame, Theatricality, and Queer Performativity: Henry James's The Art of the Novel35
2Around the Performative: Periperformative Vicinities in Nineteenth-Century Narrative67
3Shame in the Cybernetic Fold: Reading Silvan Tomkins93
4Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading, or, You're So Paranoid, You Probably Think This Essay Is About You123
5Pedagogy of Buddhism153
Works Cited183
Index189

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