Title Reading Sedgwick
Author Lauren Berlant
ISBN 9781478006312
List price GBP 21.99
Price outside India Available on Request
Original price
Binding Paperback
No of pages 320
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Duke University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
About the book Send Enquiry

Review of the Book:

“Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s writing remains indispensable, never more so than now when the light of her intelligence illuminates a darkening horizon. We need her intelligence, her queer sensibility, and her way with words. Reading Sedgwick will be welcome both for those encountering her for the first time and as a reprise for those wishing to be reminded of her work’s particular charm, enlivening curiosity, and power.”

Christina Crosby, author of A Body, Undone: Living on after Great Pain


Over the course of her long career, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick became one of the most important voices in queer theory, and her calls for reparative criticism and reading practices grounded in affect and performance have transformed understandings of affect, intimacy, politics, and identity. With marked tenderness, the contributors to Reading Sedgwick reflect on Sedgwick’s many critical inventions, from her elucidation of poetry’s close relation to criticism and development of new versions of queer performativity to highlighting the power of writing to engender new forms of life. As the essays in Reading Sedgwick demonstrate, Sedgwick’s work is not only an ongoing vital force in queer theory and affect theory; it can help us build a more positive world in the midst of the bleak contemporary moment.


Preface. Reading Sedgwick, Then and Now (Lauren Berlant)

Introduction. “An Open Mesh of Possibilities”: The Necessity of Eve Sedgwick in Dark Times (Ramzi Fawaz)

Note. From H. A. Sedgwick (H. A. Sedgwick)


Chapter 1. What Survives (Lauren Berlant and Lee Edelman)

Chapter 2. Proust at the End (Judith Butler)

Chapter 3. For Beauty Is a Series of Hypotheses? Sedgwick as Fiber Artist (Jason Edwards)

Chapter 4. In (Denis Flannery)

Chapter 5. Early and Earlier Sedgwick (Jane Gallop)

Chapter 6. Eve’s Future Figures (Jonathan Goldberg)

Chapter 7. Sedgwick’s Perverse Close Reading and the Question of an Erotic Ethics (Meredith Kruse)

Chapter 8. On the Eve of the Future (Michael Moon)

Chapter 9. Race, Sex, and the Incommensurate: Gary Fisher with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (José Esteban Muñoz)

Chapter 10. Sedgwick Inexhaustible (Chris Nealon)

Chapter 11. The Age of Frankenstein (Andrew Parker)

Chapter 12. Queer Patience: Sedgwick’s Identity Narratives (Karin Sellberg)

Chapter 13. Weaver’s Handshake: The Aesthetics of Chronic Objects (Sedgwick, Emerson, James) (Michael D. Snediker)

Chapter 14. Eighteen Things I Love about You (Melissa Solomon)

Chapter 15. Eve’s Triangles: Queer Studies beside Itself (Robyn Wiegman)

Afterword (Kathryn Bond Stockton)






About the Author:

Lauren Berlant is George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, coauthor of The Hundreds and author of Cruel Optimism, both also published by Duke University Press.

Target Audience:

This book is a must-read for people interested in cultural studies, gender studies, literature and literary studies.


Special prices are applicable to the authorised sales territory only.
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.