A pioneer in queer theory and literary studies, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick brings together for the first time inTouching Feelingher most powerful explorations of. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Durham: Duke University Press, Pp. ix + The cover of Eve Sedgwick’s Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy. Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Author, Eve Kosofskysedgwick, Author, Michele Ainabarale, Editor Duke University.

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The essay on buddhist epistemology and affect that is going to finally grant me a vocabulary for thinking discursively about yoga and other non-discursive practices of “healthy knowing”.

The rest I am yet to read, so this review is only about final I love that a search for this book on Goodreads brings up children’s titles such as Pat the Bunny, Pat the Farm Animal, and Family Pets.

Hence, to be [End Page ] beside something is to escape the problem of duality. But one thing she knows is that touching feeling, although hard to articulate, has “texture” and “an intimacy [which] seems to subsist between textures and emotions” Trivia About Touching Feeling The object of shame remains on the periphery of the subject, and thus acts as a motivator for change.

This focus demands freedom from dualistic thought about knowledge, how it is learned and how it affects the body. Nov 21, Sara Sams rated it really liked it. She once again makes a significant contribution to not touchinf one but many intersecting fields-literary criticism, education, queer theory, cultural studies, and autobiography. If scholars are not yet in kowofsky with Eve, they will be after reading this book.

Infibre installations by Sedgwick, both called Floating Columns: Sedgwick examines works by Henry James, J. One of the most interesting ideas Sedgwick introduces is that of the “beside” 8. There a Reviewing queer theory by summarizing the merits of each argument is inordinately challenging for me; I think the issue when attempting to do so is how academic close reads like Sedgwick’s are such that the impeccable logic – while fluid and comprehensible – tends to click into focus in a way that allows the reader to understand the “music” of the argument, or the contours and major themes thereof, but becomes hard to recapture or share touchinb a way that does them any remote sense of justice.


Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

The paranoid reader thus misses the middle in superimposing suspicion on everything. No trivia or quizzes yet. Thrift No preview available – References to this book Non-representational Theory: The reparative reader is therefore one open to surprise, attentive to the rich kpsofsky of a moment, and willing to be affected at the physical level. One of the traits of paranoid reading is the shift from the physical to the cerebral.

Create a reading list or add to an existing list. In essays that show how her groundbreaking work in queer theory has developed into a deep interest in affect, Sedgwick By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Shame, Theatricality, and Queer Performativity: Either I read Klein or I ceeling Freud.

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On the most immediate visual level, the photo is used to represent the act of touching feeling, the effort to hold and explore and seek comfort from something wordless and precious. She certainly is not arguing the answer is nothing: Refresh and try again.

May 20, Roger Whitson rated it it was amazing. Touching Feeling ultimately offers a view of knowing that is seedgwick confined by binaries.

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Shame in her personal essay about fainting touchinng a demonstration in Research Triangle Park is placed beside what she sees as the other main ambition of the demonstration, smuggling. Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings. Nov 19, Richard Cytowic rated it did not like it. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick was an American academician specializing in literary criticism and feminist analysis; she is known as one of the architects of queer theory.

While the performative involves direct utterances, the periperformative relies on the unspoken. As an affect, shame is a bodily reaction that is triggered by error, but it is not tied to the touchng that triggers it.


Austin, Judith Butler, the psychologist Silvan Tomkins and others—emotion in many forms. It is also maddening: The first chapter talks way too much about Henry James’s poop, though. Is paranoia the only realistic epistemology for modern intellectuals?

Sign up for new title announcements and special offers. Toward the end of her book Sedgwick states that, counter to what she is doing, a “disturbingly large amount of theory seems explicitly to undertake the proliferation of only one affect, or maybe two, of whatever kind—whether ecstasy, sublimity, self-shattering, jouissance, suspicion. Despite an introduction that desperately contrives to unite these essays into one overall thesis statement and is clunky in its attempt.

Whether she set the future on this path or was superbly in tune with the contemporary mood is unclear.

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Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity Author s: What can this spool of fibre signify about a book of densely argued, difficult and almost entirely theoretical essays? Touching Feeling is at worst good, at best brilliant. Common terms and phrases Affect Imagery Consciousness affect system affect theory analog Austin bodhisattva body Buddhist Carker Chapter cognitive concept critical culture D. If the performative speech act, with all its relation to norms and laws, is central to the reception of her work in queer theory, then the performativity of knowledge beyond speech—aesthetic, bodily, affective—is its real topic.

The ability to be wrong and to feel shame at error acts as a motivational force for learning Please check the credit line adjacent to the illustration, as well as the front and back matter of the book for a list of credits.

Common terms and phrases Affect Imagery Consciousness affect system affect theory analog Austin bodhisattva body Buddhist Carker Chapter cognitive concept critical culture D.