Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

By Jason Edwards

Series Editor: Robert Eaglestone

© 2008 – Routledge

184 pages

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About the Book

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick was one of the most significant literary theorists of the last forty years and a key figure in contemporary queer theory. In this engaging and inspiring guide, Jason Edwards:

  • introduces and explains key terms such as affects, the first person, homosocialities, and queer taxonomies, performativities and cusps
  • considers Sedgwick’s poetry and textile art alongside her theoretical texts
  • encourages a personal as well as an academic response to Sedgwick’s work, suggesting how life-changing it can be
  • offers detailed suggestions for further reading

Written in an accessible and direct style, Edwards indicates the impact that Sedgwick’s work continues to have on writers, readers, and literary and cultural theory today.

Table of Contents

Why Sedgwick? Key Ideas 1. Homos 2. Homosocialities 3. Epistemologies of the Closet 4. Queer Taxonomies 5. Queer Performativities 6. Queer Cusps 7. Affects 8. Autobiographies After Sedgwick Further Reading

About the Author/Editor

Jason Edwards is a senior lecturer in the history of Victorian art at the University of York. He is the author of Alfred Gilbert’s Aestheticism: Gilbert Amongst Whistler, Wilde, Leighton, Pater and Burne-Jones (2006) and the co-editor of Joseph Cornell: Opening the Box (2007).

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

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The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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