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Tendencies brings together for the first time the essays that have made Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick "the soft-spoken queen of gay studies" (Rolling Stone). Combining poetry, wit, polemic, and dazzling scholarship with memorial and autobiography, these essays have set new standards of passion and truthfulness for current theoretical writing.

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 28th 1993 by Duke University Press Books
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Jamie
Nov 18, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it
I'm slowly building up rapport with Sedgwick, as I'm finally starting to wrap my brain around Epistemology of the Closet, and have been working my way through her oeuvre for a research project. This is a real melting pot of thought, with essays ranging from Diderot to Henry James to Jane Austen to 'addiction' discourses in the late 20th century. Sedgwick blends the personal with the theoretical, the literary with the pragmatic, the poetic and the dialogic with the political. I'm consistently ...more
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The analysis of the various axes upon which 'sexual orientation' *could* have been cut is enough to make this a classic of queer theory and a fascinating piece of work. Very highly recommended.
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Shelves: theory-etc
One kind of thinker and writer I want to be when I grow up. Definitely the kind of critical text I want to produce.
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Queer/Feminist literary criticism at its best. Enjoy Sedgwick much more than her counterpart Judith Butler.
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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. Her works reflect an interest in queer performativity, experimental critical writing, non-Lacanian psychoanalysis, Buddhism and pedagogy, the affective theories of Silvan Tomkins and Melanie Klein, and material culture, especially ...more
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“That's one of the things that "queer" can refer to: the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning when the constituent elements of anyone's gender, of anyone's sexuality aren't made (or can't be made) to signify monolithically.” 11 likes
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