Between Men

Author: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231541046
Release Date: 2015-10-20
Genre: Literary Criticism

First published in 1985, Between Men challenged old ways of reading while articulating critical byways for two emerging disciplines. Its iconoclastic approach gave queer studies and gender studies scholars further reason to crack open the canon, scrutinize its contents, and add unconventional texts on sound theoretical grounds. Striking a devastating blow to the hegemony of heteronormative critique, it opened not only literature but also politics, religion, society, and culture to broader investigations of power, desire, and sex. Between Men still has much more to tell us, and much work left to do. It has kept pace with Western society’s evolving ideas of and debates on gender and sexuality and provides insight into its recent conservative and religious turns. With a new foreword by Wayne Koestenbaum emphasizing the work’s ongoing importance, Between Men begins with Shakespeare’s Sonnets and moves through Wycherley’s The Country Wife, Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey, Hogg’s Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Tennyson’s The Princess, Eliot’s Adam Bede, Thackeray’s The History of Henry Esmond, Esq., and Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, among many other texts and critiques. Sedgwick’s landmark book remains a key analysis of homosocial desire in Western literature for any reader curious about the subject’s claim to legitimacy.

Between Men

Author: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231082738
Release Date: 1985-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

At the time of its first appearance in 1985 Between Men was viewed as an important intervention into Feminist as well as Gay and Lesbian studies. It was an important book because it argued that "sexuality" and "desire" were not a historical phenomenon but carefully managed social constructs. This insight (that actually originated with Michael Foucault) is often viewed as anti-humanist or post-humanist because it argues that men and women are simply the products of patriarchal power relations over which they have no control. By mobilizing Foucault's theories of the history of sexuality Sedgwick re-fashions Feminism and Gay and Lesbian Studies to make it seem as though Feminism and Gay and Lesbian studies are ideally situated to continue those interventions into the history of sexuality begun by Foucault.

Between Men

Author: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Publisher:
ISBN: 0231176295
Release Date: 2015-01-09
Genre: Literary Criticism

First published in 1985, Between Men challenged old ways of reading while articulating critical byways for two emerging disciplines. Its iconoclastic approach gave queer studies and gender studies scholars further reason to crack open the canon, scrutinize its contents, and add unconventional texts on sound theoretical grounds. Sedgwick's landmark book remains a key analysis of homosocial desire in Western literature for any reader curious about the subject's claim to legitimacy.

Epistemology of the Closet

Author: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520254060
Release Date: 2008-01-17
Genre: Literary Criticism

Since the late 1980s, queer studies and theory have become vital to the intellectual and political life of the United States. This has been due, in no small degree, to the influence of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's critically acclaimed Epistemology of the Closet. Working from classic texts of European and American writers—including Melville, James, Nietzsche, Proust, and Wilde—Sedgwick analyzes a turn-of-the-century historical moment in which sexual orientation became as important a demarcation of personhood as gender had been for centuries. In her preface to this updated edition Sedgwick places the book both personally and historically, looking specifically at the horror of the first wave of the AIDS epidemic and its influence on the text.

A Dialogue on Love

Author: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807029238
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In this account of how we arrive at love, the author tells how she warily commits to a male therapist who shares little of her cultural and intellectual world. Their improvized relationship is as unexpectedly pleasurable as her writing is unconventional.

Uneven Developments

Author: Mary Poovey
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226675319
Release Date: 2009-02-15
Genre: Social Science

Mary Poovey's The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer has become a standard text in feminist literary discourse. In Uneven Developments Poovey turns to broader historical concerns in an analysis of how notions of gender shape ideology. Asserting that the organization of sexual difference is a social, not natural, phenomenon, Poovey shows how representations of gender took the form of a binary opposition in mid-Victorian culture. She then reveals the role of this opposition in various discourses and institutions—medical, legal, moral, and literary. The resulting oppositions, partly because they depended on the subordination of one term to another, were always unstable. Poovey contends that this instability helps explain why various institutional versions of binary logic developed unevenly. This unevenness, in turn, helped to account for the emergence in the 1850s of a genuine oppositional voice: the voice of an organized, politicized feminist movement. Drawing on a wide range of sources—parliamentary debates, novels, medical lectures, feminist analyses of work, middle-class periodicals on demesticity—Poovey examines various controversies that provide glimpses of the ways in which representations of gender were simultaneously constructed, deployed, and contested. These include debates about the use of chloroform in childbirth, the first divorce law, the professional status of writers, the plight of governesses, and the nature of the nursing corps. Uneven Developments is a contribution to the feminist analysis of culture and ideology that challenges the isolation of literary texts from other kinds of writing and the isolation of women's issues from economic and political histories.

Tendencies

Author: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822381860
Release Date: 1993-10-28
Genre: Literary Criticism

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.

Touching Feeling

Author: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822330156
Release Date: 2003-01-17
Genre: Literary Collections

DIVA collection of essays examining theories of affect and how they relate to issues of performance and performativity./div

Erotic Triangles

Author: Henry Spiller
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226769608
Release Date: 2010-08-15
Genre: Social Science

In West Java, Indonesia, all it takes is a woman’s voice and a drum beat to make a man get up and dance. Every day, men there—be they students, pedicab drivers, civil servants, or businessmen—breach ordinary standards of decorum and succumb to the rhythm at village ceremonies, weddings, political rallies, and nightclubs. The music the men dance to varies from traditional gong ensembles to the contemporary pop known as dangdut, but they consistently dance with great enthusiasm. In Erotic Triangles, Henry Spiller draws on decades of ethnographic research to explore the reasons behind this phenomenon, arguing that Sundanese men use dance to explore and enact contradictions in their gender identities. Framing the three crucial elements of Sundanese dance—the female entertainer, the drumming, and men’s sense of freedom—as a triangle, Spiller connects them to a range of other theoretical perspectives, drawing on thinkers from Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Lévi-Strauss, and Freud to Euclid. By granting men permission to literally perform their masculinity, Spiller ultimately concludes, dance provides a crucial space for both reinforcing and resisting orthodox gender ideologies.

Textual Masculinity and the Exchange of Women in Renaissance Venice

Author: Courtney Quaintance
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442649132
Release Date: 2015
Genre: History

Analyzes the pornographic poetry, letters, plays, and verse dialogues written in poet Domenico Venier's social circle, showing how male writers created female characters who were defiled and available to all. Also shows how two women writers with ties to the salon appropriated and transformed these tropes of female sexuality.

Regarding Sedgwick

Author: Stephen M. Barber
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415928192
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Literary Criticism

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is one of the most original and influential thinkers in critical and gender theory. Her work includes such groundbreaking books as Epistemology of the Closet and Between Men: English Literature and Homo-social Desire, writings that have powerfully influenced ideas of the body, of literature, and of identities. Regarding Sedgwick brings together new essays by distinguished critics to provide a sustained critical engagement with Sedgwick's work. The volume includes an extensive interview with Sedgwick, in which she speaks of her work, and of the situation of queer studies, critical theory, and the academy at the turn of a millennium.

Beyond Monogamy

Author: Mimi Schippers
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9781479886227
Release Date: 2016-08-16
Genre: Social Science

A man and woman are in an open relationship. They have agreed that having sexual partners outside of their relationship is permissible. One night, when her partner is in another city, the woman has sex with the man’s best friend. What does this mean for their relationship? More importantly, why is there such a strong cultural taboo against this kind of triangulation and what does it reveal about the social organization of gender and sexuality? In Beyond Monogamy, Mimi Schippers asks these and other questions to explore compulsory monogamy as a central feature of sexual normalcy. Schippers argues that compulsory monogamy promotes the monogamous couple as the only legitimate, natural, or desirable relationship form in ways that support and legitimize gender, race, and sexual inequalities. Through an investigation of sexual interactions and relationship forms that include more than two people, from polyamory, to threesomes, to the complexity of the ‘down-low,’ Schippers explores the queer, feminist, and anti-racist potential of non-dyadic sex and relationships. A serious look at the intersections of society and sexuality, Beyond Monogamy takes the reader on a compelling and accessible journey through compulsory monogamy, polyamory, and polyqueer sex and relationships.

Between Women

Author: Sharon Marcus
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400830850
Release Date: 2009-07-10
Genre: Literary Criticism

Women in Victorian England wore jewelry made from each other's hair and wrote poems celebrating decades of friendship. They pored over magazines that described the dangerous pleasures of corporal punishment. A few had sexual relationships with each other, exchanged rings and vows, willed each other property, and lived together in long-term partnerships described as marriages. But, as Sharon Marcus shows, these women were not seen as gender outlaws. Their desires were fanned by consumer culture, and their friendships and unions were accepted and even encouraged by family, society, and church. Far from being sexless angels defined only by male desires, Victorian women openly enjoyed looking at and even dominating other women. Their friendships helped realize the ideal of companionate love between men and women celebrated by novels, and their unions influenced politicians and social thinkers to reform marriage law. Through a close examination of literature, memoirs, letters, domestic magazines, and political debates, Marcus reveals how relationships between women were a crucial component of femininity. Deeply researched, powerfully argued, and filled with original readings of familiar and surprising sources, Between Women overturns everything we thought we knew about Victorian women and the history of marriage and family life. It offers a new paradigm for theorizing gender and sexuality--not just in the Victorian period, but in our own.