This note summarizes what I know of the history of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's essay “The 1001 Seances.” I suggest that it was primarily as a poet herself that she was drawn to study and to write about the poetry of James Merrill, and I go on to suggest that her writing in this essay is shaped by the complex and changing relation between her identity as a poet and her developing profession as a literary critic.
H. A. Sedgwick; A Note on “The 1001 Seances”. GLQ 1 October 2011; 17 (4): 451–455. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-1302307
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