Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity

Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity


Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity [EPUB] ✷ Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity Author Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk A pioneer in queer theory and literary studies, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick brings together for the first time in Touching Feeling her most powerful explorations of emotion and expression In essays that sho A pioneer in Affect, Pedagogy, PDF È queer theory and literary studies, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick brings together for the first time in Touching Feeling her most powerful explorations of emotion and expression In essays that show how her groundbreaking work in queer theory has developed into a deep interest in affect, Touching Feeling: Kindle - Sedgwick offers what she calls tools and techniques for nondualistic thought, in the process touching and transforming such theoretical discourses as psychoanalysis, speech act theory, Western Buddhism, and the Foucauldian hermeneutics of suspicion In prose sometimes somber, often high spirited, and always accessible and moving, Touching Feeling interrogates Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, PDF/EPUB ¼ through virtuoso readings of works by Henry James, J L Austin, Judith Butler, the psychologist Silvan Tomkins and others emotion in many forms What links the work of teaching to the experience of illness How can shame become an engine for queer politics, performance, and pleasure Is sexuality like an affect or a drive Is paranoia the only realistic epistemology for modern intellectuals Ultimately, Sedgwick s unfashionable commitment to the truth of happiness propels a book as open hearted as it is intellectually daring.


10 thoughts on “Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity

  1. Maddee Maddee says:

    Most emotional book I ve read in 2k15


  2. Ben Ben says:

    Her best, in my humblest opinion Reparative reading my life.


  3. Ata Ata says:

    bee s knees thanks to brett driben official sponsor of touching feeling


  4. Julia Julia says:

    good CTA reading, surprisingly first on a failed trip to devon, then on The Commute i d read paranoid reading and reparative reading before on my postvirgilian epic professor s recommendation, weirdly he also recommended the book as a whole but man is it still so good pretty much in arigorous and alsogenerous way what lisa ruddick s point essay when nothing is cool is about, which no one seemed to recognize at the time that need to come across as never being surprised, that s good CTA reading, surprisingly first on a failed trip to devon, then on The Commute i d read paranoid reading and reparative reading before on my postvirgilian epic professor s recommendation, weirdly he also recommended the book as a whole but man is it still so good pretty much in arigorous and alsogenerous way what lisa ruddick s point essay when nothing is cool is about, which no one seemed to recognize at the time that need to come across as never being surprised, that sort of paranoia, is pretty much what cool, also, is all about that cross between open heartedness and rigor, how rigor requires openness generosity fullness, expansiveness, in order to get somewhere particular and fine tuned , is, i m sure, what s unique about sedgwick, and it s funny to see to what extent that gets across to other readers, though also a silly futile exercise also the henry james chapter almost reads similarly to henry james, that similar belief in dipping into no, going fully into the deep end of difficulty to get somewhere good and worthwhile, somewhere unexpectedly welcoming


  5. simon simon says:

    well, this was my first sedgwick book maybe not the best choice to get to what she s famous for one of the first person to write Queer Theory , but definitely interesting as hell affect studies the study of pleasures, sensations, feelings, emotions, tactile experiences it s offered as an alternative to the never ending difficulties of identity politics, and i think it s an excellent way to go what is the experience of sexism or Orientalism or able ism and can we work together based on tho well, this was my first sedgwick book maybe not the best choice to get to what she s famous for one of the first person to write Queer Theory , but definitely interesting as hell affect studies the study of pleasures, sensations, feelings, emotions, tactile experiences it s offered as an alternative to the never ending difficulties of identity politics, and i think it s an excellent way to go what is the experience of sexism or Orientalism or able ism and can we work together based on those experiential feelings rather than marking out how we are similar or different based on biological performative features.then, near the end, she gets into her introduction to buddhism and i got totally lost and had to stop reading i couldn t even muster to skip and read the conclusion, which i should have done


  6. Mike Mike says:

    Reviewing queer theory by summarizing the merits of each argument is inordinately challenging for me I think the issue when attempting to do so is how academic close reads like Sedgwick s are such that the impeccable logic while fluid and comprehensible tends to click into focus in a way that allows the reader to understand the music of the argument, or the contours and major themes thereof, but becomes hard to recapture or share in a way that does them any remote sense of justice.There a Reviewing queer theory by summarizing the merits of each argument is inordinately challenging for me I think the issue when attempting to do so is how academic close reads like Sedgwick s are such that the impeccable logic while fluid and comprehensible tends to click into focus in a way that allows the reader to understand the music of the argument, or the contours and major themes thereof, but becomes hard to recapture or share in a way that does them any remote sense of justice.There are three classics in this collection the absolutely hilarious close reading of Henry James and his perhaps not so latent fixation on butt stuffs, the brilliant and timeless essay on the toxicity of paranoid reading and how it does little besides 1 prove things to paranoid people that they already claim to know and 2 carve out space for modes of thinking that, in turn, createspace instead of narrowing rhetorical options, and lastly, the cybernetic fold essay In their different ways, they are emotional, healing, and in a way a very cathartic release into a paradigm of queer recovery.I was not as personally drawn to the periperformative essay or the Buddhism pedagogy essay because they seem to both reduce pretty easily into a chance to carve out space for alternate modes of thinking, which the very presence of the essay itself is demonstrating For the former, I always appreciate George Eliot being cited as a major subversive author for the right reasons, but considering that my intuition resides in treating things a littlespectrally than with polarity rather than a yes no performativity, there is an active gradient and larger dimensionality to what constitutes nearness or farness from performativity , I wasn t quite as moved Similarly, the Buddhism pedagogical issues has shimmers of insight that extend a little past what I am familiar with but felt that its denouement of once again carving out a space of unbeing a self is something already evident in the Pali canon, in Thich Nhat Hanh, in a survey course on Buddhism, etc While Sedgwick s closure about how it ties together with her struggle of comprehending mortality, the pathos of it wasn t matched by a great unity of the accompanying, outstanding brilliance from the earlier essays The paranoid reading space reminded me a lot of an essay on crypto currency and the inefficacy of leaks that also appeared in the 36th issue of The Baffler, and for whatever reason, the Buddhism essay reminded me much of the premise of Arrival, where pedagogical methods and various forms of linguistic space allow us to inhabit different ideological paradigms separately It s as if Western culture and language demands a vector of cause effect, or a variance of journey and destination whereas Buddhism gently revokes those manifestations of pressure It s not as fantastical as a language that manifests an ever presence of all time, of course, but it reaches toward the fruit off the same tree.Despite an introduction that desperately contrives to unite these essays into one overall thesis statement and is clunky in its attempt Touching Feeling is at worst good, at best brilliant


  7. g g says:

    I thought about a lot reading this text In quarantine I had selected a syllabus texts and authors I felt I should read but hadn t ranging from Fanon to Sedgwick to Hartman to Aurde Lorde to Dworkin to Leslie Feinberg to Derek Jarman, just lots of things A full experience I took notes and thought and read and even tried to start writing Not much has come out of it other than the thinking inevitably on nonduality, on origin, on thinking as a practice That s the subject of Sedgwick s essay I thought about a lot reading this text In quarantine I had selected a syllabus texts and authors I felt I should read but hadn t ranging from Fanon to Sedgwick to Hartman to Aurde Lorde to Dworkin to Leslie Feinberg to Derek Jarman, just lots of things A full experience I took notes and thought and read and even tried to start writing Not much has come out of it other than the thinking inevitably on nonduality, on origin, on thinking as a practice That s the subject of Sedgwick s essays here I ve read a few of these before and a bunch of essays from Tendencies, but find it helpful to think through them as a whole Nonduality, how does it work, how do we think or can we nondualistically The most famous essay here is on reparative readings versus paranoid readings, something always applicable and always prescient Sedgwick wrote it about the idea of AIDS as a government plot, but it could apply to any moment of fear It is a muscular essay that does not turn away from its own problematics and own engaging with duality Certainly, Sedgwick is not perfect, but her writing is so clear and reaching It s a writerly text, not a readerly, or in the words of an old professor, it s the kind that inspires work, it doesn t just say something to say something The essay on Tomkins is also wonderful for the way it thinks through affect, the essay on protesting informs of us of the ideas of communality, the essay on Buddhist pedagogy considers the ways Westerners re interpret while also thinking through the very idea of teaching nonduality Sedgwick shows us her hand A book for wandering, making, returning, questioning, and of course for thinking


  8. Ayanna Dozier Ayanna Dozier says:

    Touching Feeling Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity assembles a collection of essays, many of them previously published, by Eve Sedgwick The essays are loosely connected to one another through the thread of negative affect That is, the essays navigate questions of shame, paranoia, death, and depression Sedgwick argues that these affective channels of energy offers a continual negotiation with identity, and thus create conditions of possibility and fluidity for individuals as oppose to ones tha Touching Feeling Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity assembles a collection of essays, many of them previously published, by Eve Sedgwick The essays are loosely connected to one another through the thread of negative affect That is, the essays navigate questions of shame, paranoia, death, and depression Sedgwick argues that these affective channels of energy offers a continual negotiation with identity, and thus create conditions of possibility and fluidity for individuals as oppose to ones that close down channels Sedgwick, a founding queer theorist argues that the constant engagement with such affect is what helps constitute identity amongst queer identities The book and its themes take on a special if not haunting meaning as it was one of the last books Sedgwick published before her death from Breast Cancer in 2009 The collected essays feel disjointed at times mainly because many of them were previously published in other books But upon a closer read, the reader can begin to see how this particular set of essays, and the questions that they ask, represents a larger set of negotiations between life and death that Sedgwick desires to draw out in not just Touching Feeling, but in her oeuvre In her concluding chapter, Sedgwick draws on the pedagogy of Buddhism to map out the affective bonds that flow in epistemology and teaching Discussing her advanced state of Breast Cancer, Sedgwick speaks to the reader with a full awareness that the book and some of her kinship bonds formed through the academe and cancer treatments will outlive her In this way, this concluding chapter can be read like a distant sibling to her first book, Epistemology of the Closet I think the strongest elements of Touching Feeling reside in its treatment of affect and the actual affective writing that went in to assembling this book However, for affect theory readers whose interest in affect lies outside of psychoanalysis and Silvan Tomkins, the affect theory of the book may not be of interest Additionally, the other subtitles of the book pedagogy and performativity are underrepresented in their theory and appearas broad concepts that tie the essays together to form a book


  9. Dan Sherrell Dan Sherrell says:

    Sedgwick smuggles so much feeling into her criticism, it s no wonder she s become a kind of patron saint of affect theory Reading her consistently produces the truly thrilling sensation of communing with a mind the depth of whose intelligence places it barely within the limits of personal intelligibility at least for me Whether writing about AIDS or Tibetan, she always seems able to rise above the plain of ordinary debate, and inflect reflect the whole field with a fierce and playful kindnes Sedgwick smuggles so much feeling into her criticism, it s no wonder she s become a kind of patron saint of affect theory Reading her consistently produces the truly thrilling sensation of communing with a mind the depth of whose intelligence places it barely within the limits of personal intelligibility at least for me Whether writing about AIDS or Tibetan, she always seems able to rise above the plain of ordinary debate, and inflect reflect the whole field with a fierce and playful kindness


  10. Tomás Narvaja Tomás Narvaja says:

    If my rating were based solely on the chapter on Shame in the cybernetic fold reading Silvan Tomkins written with Adam Frank and Paranoid reading and reparative reading, or, You re so paranoid, you probably think this essay is about you I would give this book 5 stars as I personally found these two chapters, with the nuance of Ruth Leys critique, to be profoundly thought provoking and powerful in both my scholarly work and my personal life.


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