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Queer studies pioneer Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick passes away

A death worth noting: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, who was one of the inventors, more or less, of the gender/queer studies movement in academia, passed away yesterday.  We have a short bio from Contemporary Authors that includes:

English professor Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is best known as the founder of the academic discipline of “queer studies” and for her books and articles on gay and lesbian issues. Her 1999 volume A Dialogue on Love represents a departure in that it is her first work to deal extensively with her own life and sexuality. After being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer, Sedgwick entered therapy with an avowed goal: “If I can fit the pieces of this self back together at all, I don’t want them to be the way they were.” A Dialogue on Love is a personal narrative exposition relating her therapy sessions and what she feels they revealed. The text of the book includes notes she wrote after each therapy session, notes from her therapist, her own poetry (composed in a seventeenth-century Japanese form known as haibun), and extensive commentary. Kimberly L. Clarke of Library Journal notes that Sedgwick is “[p]oignantly candid” both with her therapist and in the book, discussing both personal issues and a variety of “universal themes, such as death, family ties, abandonment, happiness, self-esteem, and sexuality.” Although Sedgwick at first questions the ability of her therapist, a male heterosexual, to comprehend her view of the world, she ultimately finds the sessions to be self-revelatory on numerous counts, including her attraction to death, her relationship with her mother, and her legitimate link to the homosexual world.

A big loss.

Source: “Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.” Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2009.

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Posted on: April 13, 2009, 3:59 pm Category: Factoids Tagged with: , , , , ,

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