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.

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