Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity (Google eBook)

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Duke University Press, Dec 27, 2002 - Literary Collections - 195 pages
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DIVA 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./div

  

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Review: Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity

User Review  - Roger Whitson - Goodreads

I love her portrayal of performative history in this book. Read full review

Review: Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity

User Review  - Johnny Jones - Goodreads

Sedgwick is awesome. The introduction, yes! Touch; feel. Texture; affect. I always return to this text when I'm thinking antiessentialist departure and new ways of learning and teaching. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Interlude Pedagogic
27
Henry Jamess The Art of the Novel
35
Periperformative Vicinities in NineteenthCentury Narrative
67
Reading Silvan Tomkins Written with Adam Frank
93
4 Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading or Youre So Paranoid You Probably Think This Essay Is About You
123
5 Pedagogy of Buddhism
153
Works Cited
183
Index
189
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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.

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