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The Weather in Proust gathers pieces written by the eminent critic and theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick in the last decade
of her life, as she worked toward a book on Proust. This book takes its title from the first essay, a startlingly
original interpretation of Proust. By way of Neoplatonism, Buddhism, and the work of Melanie Klein, Sedgwick establishes
the sense of refreshment and surprise that the author of the Recherche affords his readers. Proust also figures in
pieces on the poetry of C. P. Cavafy, object relations, affect theory, and Sedgwick’s textile art practices. More
explicitly connected to her role as a pioneering queer theorist are an exuberant attack against reactionary refusals of
the work of Guy Hocquenghem and talks in which she lays out her central ideas about sexuality and her concerns about the
direction of US queer theory. Sedgwick lived for more than a dozen years with a diagnosis of terminal cancer; its
implications informed her later writing and thinking, as well as her spiritual and artistic practices. In the book’s
final and most personal essay, she reflects on the realization of her impending death. Featuring thirty-seven color
images of her art, The Weather in Proust offers a comprehensive view of Sedgwick’s later work, underscoring its
diversity and coherence.