Tendencies brings 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 unites Tendencies is 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.
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This collection of essays is a meditation on sexuality in literature and life and on the artificial categories imposed on people because of their sexual orientation. The idea that the "two available ... Read full review
DIDEROTS THE NUN
QUEER TUTELAGE IN THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
IS THE RECTUM STRAIGHT? IDENTIFICATION AND IDENTITY IN THE WINGS OF THE DOVE
MEMORIAL FOR CRAIG OWENS
CROSSING OF DISCOURSES
JANE AUSTEN AND THE MASTURBATING GIRL
EPIDEMICS OF THE WILL
AS OPPOSED TO WHAT?
THE WAR ON EFFEMINATE BOYS
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Page 8 - At the same time, a lot of the most exciting recent work around "queer" spins the term outward along dimensions that can't be subsumed under gender and sexuality at all: the ways that race, ethnicity, postcolonial nationality criss-cross with these and other identity-constituting, identityfracturing discourses, for example.