Wednesday, April 15, 2009

RIP, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

With sadness I express that today marks the death of one of the most influential gender theorists of our time, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

Sedgwick's systematic and subtle work on the anxieties and relations between people who shared the same sex was instrumental in creating the field of Queer Theory.

Another very interesting thing about Sedgwick is that in real life she was a practicing heterosexual, married to a man. For some very bizarre reason, many found it odd that she should be one of the founders of Queer Theory, even though she is a straight woman. In her work and real life, Sedgwick stood for fluidity and I will be missing terribly her contributions to the field.

Rest in peace, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

Note: I will go to the studio in the next hour and my next videocast will be related to Sedgwick's work.

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brooke said...

rip, sedgwick. brilliant woman. looking forward to the videocast. thanks.

tina said...

A great loss for theory. Between Men is a fantastic contribution to it. Theory!
RIP, Dr. Sedgewick!

Anonymous said...

I'll read more of her stuff.