Part reflection on my own attempt to endure the difficulty of reading (with) Eve Sedgwick, this essay is also an exploration of the way her article from the first issue of GLQ, “Queer Performativity: Henry James’s The Art of the Novel,” unpacks the affective dimensions of endurance for the figure of the queer. This essay is thus also engaged in the mutual explanation of not only what I learned from Sedgwick about queer theory but what queer theory can continue to learn from her.
On Enduring Eve Sedgwick
Rachel Walerstein is a doctoral candidate (ABD) at the University of Iowa in the Department of English. Her research interests are in masculinity studies, queer theory, affect studies, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. She is currently at work on her dissertation, “Masculine Gestures: On Imitation and Initiation in Modernism.”
Rachel Walerstein; On Enduring Eve Sedgwick. GLQ 1 January 2019; 25 (1): 17–21. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-7275208
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