Responding to the theme of the special issue, Queer Theory without Antinormativity, “Eve’s Triangles” returns to the work of one of queer theory’s most important foundational figures to consider critical sensibilities that are incompatible with the dyadic approach to power and politics now institutionalized in queer studies under the rubric of antinormativity. By focusing on Sedgwick’s appetite for incoherence, the double bind, and nondialectical understandings of contradiction, this essay studies the elegant and cogent model of reading found in Sedgwick’s work in order to value queer critical intuitions that have been subordinated to antinormativity’s allure.
Eve’s Triangles, or Queer Studies Beside Itself
robyn wiegman is a professor of literature and women’s studies at Duke University and former director of women’s studies at both Duke and the University of California, Irvine. She has published and , and numerous anthologies. She is currently working on “Arguments Worth Having,” which locates points of critical dissension in contemporary encounters between feminist, queer, and critical race thinking, and “Racial Sensations,” which uses theories of affect to analyze the toxic ecologies of race and sexuality in U.S. culture.
Robyn Wiegman; Eve’s Triangles, or Queer Studies Beside Itself. differences 1 May 2015; 26 (1): 48–73. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-2880600
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