Novel Gazing: Queer Readings in Fiction

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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Duke University Press, Dec 15, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 518 pages
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DIVNovel Gazing is the first collection of queer criticism on the history of the novel. The contributors to this volume navigate new territory in literary theory with essays that implicitly challenge the "hermeneutic of suspicion" widespread in current critical theory. In a stunning introductory essay, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick delineates the possibilities for a criticism that would be "reparative" rather than cynical or paranoid. The startlingly imaginative essays in the volume explore new critical practices that can weave the pleasures and disorientations of reading into the fabric of queer analyses.
Through discussions of a diverse array of British, French, and American novels—including major canonical novels, best-sellers, children’s fiction, and science fiction—these essays explore queer worlds of taste, texture, joy, and ennui, focusing on such subjects as flogging, wizardry, exorcism, dance, Zionist desire, and Internet sexuality. Interpreting the works of authors as diverse as Benjamin Constant, Toni Morrison, T. H. White, and William Gibson, along with canonical queer modernists such as James, Proust, Woolf, and Cather, contributors reveal the wealth of ways in which selves and communities succeed in extracting sustenance from the objects of a culture whose avowed desire has often been not to sustain them. The dramatic reframing that these essays perform will make the significance of Novel Gazing extend beyond the scope of queer studies to literary criticism in general.

Contributors. Stephen Barber, Renu Bora, Anne Chandler, James Creech, Tyler Curtain, Jonathan Goldberg, Joseph Litvak, Michael Lucey, Jeff Nunokawa, Cindy Patton, Jacob Press, Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Melissa Solomon, Kathryn Bond Stockton, John Vincent, Maurice Wallace, Barry Weller/div

  

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Contents

Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading or Youre So Paranoid You Probably Think is Introduction Is about You
1
Digital Senses
39
Beloved in the Cybernetic Age of AIDS
41
Taste Waste Proust
74
Outing Texture
94
Neuromancer Internet Sexuality and the Turing Test
128
The Affective Life of Capital
149
The Dividends of Ennui in The Picture of Dorian Gray
151
Men and Nations
297
Daniel Deronda Altneuland and the Homoerotics of Jewish Nationalism
299
To Die For
330
Homosexuality Abjection and the Production of a LateTwentiethCentury Black Masculinity
353
Libidinal Intelligence Shocks and Recognitions
377
Dance Desire and the Black Masculine in Melvin Dixons Vanishing Rooms
379
Woolfs Secret Encounters
401
The Female World of Exorcism and Displacement Or Relations between Women in Henry Jamess NineteenthCentury The Portrait of a Lady
444

Balzacs Queer Cousins and Their Friends
167
Teachers Pet
199
Thomas Days Queer Curriculum in Sandford and Merton
201
Wizards Warriors and the Beast Glatisant in Love
227
Queer Beginnings of Modern Masculinity in a Canonical French Novel
249
Applications of Birch in Swinburnes Lesbia Brandon
269
Strange Brothers
465
BIBLIOGRAPHY
483
INDEX
501
CONTRIBUTORS
517
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About the author (1997)

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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is Distinguished Professor of English, CUNY Graduate Center. Books she has authored include Fat Art/Thin Art and Tendencies. She has edited or coedited numerous volumes, including Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader and Gary In Your Pocket: Stories and Notebooks of Gary Fisher, also published by Duke University Press.

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