9780822314219

Tendencies

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  • ISBN13:

    9780822314219

  • ISBN10:

    0822314215

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1993-12-01
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
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Summary

Tendenciesbrings 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. The essays range from Diderot, Oscar Wilde, and Henry James to queer kids and twelve-step programs; from "Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl" to a performance piece on Divine written with Michael Moon; from political correctness and the poetics of spanking to the experience of breast cancer in a world ravaged and reshaped by AIDS. What unitesTendenciesis a vision of a new queer politics and thought that, however demanding and dangerous, can also be intent, inclusive, writerly, physical, and sometimes giddily fun.

Table of Contents

Foreword: T Times xi
Queer and Now
1(22)
Queer Tutelage
Privilege of Unknowing: Diderot's The Nun
23(29)
Tales of the Avunculate: The Importance of Being Earnest
52(21)
Is the Rectum Straight?: Identification and Identity in The Wings of the Dove
73(31)
Memorial for Craig Owens
104(5)
Crossing of Discourses
Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl
109(21)
Epidemics of the Will
130(13)
Nationalisms and Sexualities: As Opposed to What?
143(11)
How to Bring Your Kids Up Gay: The War on Effeminate Boys
154(13)
Across Genders, Across Sexualities
Willa Cather and Others
167(10)
A Poem Is Being Written
177(38)
Divinity: A Dossier, A Performance Piece, A Little-Understood Emotion (written with Michael Moon)
215(37)
White Glasses
252(15)
Bibliography 267(8)
Index 275

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