Faculty Book: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Touching Feeling
(Duke University Press, 2003; 196 pp.)

Sedgwick's first full-length analytical work since the acclaimed Tendencies (1993) reflects the author's increasing interest in exploring "nondualistic modes of thought." The essays included work to deconstruct and transform such theoretical discourses as psychoanalysis, speech-act theory, Western Buddhism, and the Foucauldian "hermeneutics of suspicion." Offering perspectives on writing by Henry James, J.L. Austin, Judith Butler, and the psychologist Silvan Tomkins, among others, Sedgwick's moving prose performs a deep interrogation into the many manifestations of emotion—in illness, in pleasure, and in sexual identity and politics. Called by the Nation "one of the smartest and wittiest critics writing," Sedgwick's gift is to "electrify intellectual communities by reminding them that 'thought' has a temperature, a texture, and an erotics" (Wayne Koestenbaum). Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is distinguished professor of English at The Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: DEC 27, 2003

Category: English | Faculty Books