Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (Routledge Critical Thinkers) by Jason Edwards

By Jason Edwards

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is likely one of the most vital literary theorists of the final 40 years and a key determine in modern queer concept. during this enticing and encouraging consultant, Jason Edwards shows the impression that Sedgwick’s paintings keeps to have on writers, readers, and literary and cultural thought this day.

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Indeed, under this still-dominant regime, nothing that goes into or emerges out of our bodies or minds is imagined to be unaffected by our sexualities. We suppose that eroticism is at the root of all our actions. We believe that sexuality is written immodestly on our faces and bodies, a secret that is always giving itself away; and we suspect that eroticism is less a habitual sin than the secret of our singular selves. Thus, just as everybody is necessarily male or female, so too do we each possess a sexuality which has implications for the least ostensibly erotic aspects of our personalities.

Similarly, our lesbian separatist, best gal pal might imagine that nothing could be more essentially female and lesbian than particularly working-class, butch women hanging out around the pool table together since actual men and their expectations of femininity couldn’t be further from the scene, whilst you’re also proving, as butch women, that men don’t have a monopoly on socalled masculinity. But then you, as a more transitive type of person might imagine that nothing could be more essentially queer than hanging out in mixedgender, mixed-class spaces with sissy boys, indie girls, tomboys, bi girls, androgynous fags and drag kings, since you’re all together rejecting the conventions of masculinity, femininity and the assumptions around sexuality that go with them.

Are the differences between women and men more significant than the variations within specific groups of men and women? Are gender similarities/differences more important than differences in class, ethnicity or sexual orientation? In this chapter, I’ll help you formulate some answers to these still pressing, vexed questions and to understand and employ two of Sedgwick’s most influential ideas – homosocial desire and homosexual panic – particularly in relation to a third concept, homophobia. FORGET THE BIRTH OF THE HOMOSEXUAL!

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