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A Note on “The 1001 Seances”-H. A. Sedgwick
The 1001 Seances-Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
The Bar and the Board: for Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick-Henry Abelove
The Black Swan: Poetry, Punishment, and the Sadomasochism of Everyday Life; or, Tradition and the Individual Talent-Michael Moon
“Surprising Recognition”: Genre, Poetic Form, and Erotics from Sedgwick's “1001 Seances” to A Dialogue on Love-Kathryn R. Kent
Are the Lips a Grave?-Lynne Huffer
The Straightest Story Ever Told-Richard Rambuss
José Garcia Villa's Modernism and the Politics of Queer Diasporic Reading-Martin Joseph Ponce
A Girl's Journey into the Well of Forbidden Knowledge-Ann Cvetkovich and Allyson Mitchell
Lesbian Archives-Alexandra Juhasz and Ming-Yuen S. Ma
Immersion in Legacy: Coming Home to Ourselves and One Another-Yvonne Welbon
a la la la archive-Alexandra Juhasz
An Archive of Intimacies: A Conversation with Sarah Schulman- David Oscar Harvey
Outside the Hollywood Canon: Preserving Lesbian Moving Images-Kristin (KP) Pepe
Medium: Ink on Paper- Catherine Lord
The Epistemology of Ethnography: Method in Queer Anthropology- Margot Weiss
Visibility and Its Discontents: Queer Television Studies-Dana Heller
“Many Have Loved You with Lips and Fingers”- Julie R. Enszer
My Professor, Myself-Susan Fraiman
The Hole that Wasn't There-Bishnupriya Ghosh
Queer Theory with a Twang-Carol Mason
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This special issue of GLQ celebrates the writing of queer-studies pioneer Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (1950–2009) with a collection of essays by her close friends and colleagues. The issue includes an unpublished early essay by Sedgwick on the poet James Merrill that sheds light on both her development as a critic and the extent to which she identified as a poet in this stage of her career. Written in the late 1970s before she was known for her groundbreaking work in queer theory, Sedgwick’s essay “The 1001 Seances” looks at the narrative poem “The Book of Ephraim.” Using Sedgwick’s relation to Merrill and to poetry more generally as their point of departure, contributors share their thoughts about Sedgwick’s early career and the importance of her work for queer studies. Michael Moon, with whom she founded the influential Series Q, suggests that the essay on Merrill can be understood as an early act of engagement on Sedgwick's part with some of the most enduring of her critical and theoretical interests, such as abjected sexualities, non-Oedipal psychologies, and the analysis of virtuosic performances (including, eventually, her own) of cultural authority. Katie Kent, who was Sedgwick’s student, links the essay to her later work in A Dialogue on Love, while Henry Abelove and Neil Hertz, the latter of whom was Sedgwick’s teacher, offer reminiscences about her attentiveness to gay history and poetry. The issue also features an introduction written by her husband, H. A. Sedgwick, which provides background on the essay’s history and Sedgwick’s interest in Merrill.
Ann Cvetkovich is the Ellen C. Garwood Centennial Professor of English and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Annamarie Jagose is Professor and Head of the School of Letters, Art, and Media at the University of Sydney. Cvetkovich and Jagose are editors of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.
Contributors: Henry Abelove, Neil Hertz, Katie Kent, Michael Moon, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, H. A. Sedgwick