My professor in the Literature Program at Duke University, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, has passed away. Eve was one of the pioneering figures in queer theory. From Duke University Press’s announcement:
Duke University Press mourns the loss of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. We have been proud to publish six of Sedgwick’s books. The first, Tendencies (1992) is one of the founding texts in queer theory. Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Karla Jay said, “Tendencies is a selection of Sedgwick’s brilliant and provocative essays. . . . The associations she makes are novel and imaginative.” Sedgwick then published Fat Art, Thin Art (1994), a book of poems; and edited Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tompkins Reader (1995, with Adam Frank), Gary in Your Pocket (1996) and Novel Gazing: Queer Readings in Fiction (1997). Always on the cutting edge, more recently she has been leading the scholarship on affect with Touching, Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity (2003).
Eve was also one of the kindest people you will ever meet. She will be greatly missed.