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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 show how her groundbreaking work in
queer theory has developed into a deep interest in affect, 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—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 more 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.