Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, 1950-2009
American Queer/Gender Studies Theorist
Astrology chart, profile, books, links
Cancer Ascendant, Taurus Sun, Scorpio Moon, Angular Eris
Born: Eve Marcia Kosofsky, 2 May 1950, 10:26 (10:26AM) EST (5hW), Dayton, Ohio, USA. (Sy Scholfield [copyright] quotes birth certificate in hand, RR: AA). Died: 12 April 2009.
FEATURES: PERSONALIZED PLANETS: Leo PLUTO (square & ruling Scorpio Moon, square Sun); Virgo SATURN (sextile Moon; trine Sun); Libra NEPTUNE (conjunct Nadir); Pisces VENUS (trine Moon; semi-square & ruling Taurus Sun); Aries ERIS (conjunct Zenith & Midheaven).
PATTERNS: FIXED T-SQUARE (Moon opposite Sun, both square Pluto); MUTABLE T-SQUARE (Venus opposite Mars, both square Chiron).
CHINESE SIGN: METAL TIGER. NUMEROLOGY: "22" LIFEPATH.
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick was an American theorist in the fields of gender studies, queer theory (queer studies), and critical theory. Influenced by Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, feminism, psychoanalysis, and deconstruction, her works reflect an abiding interest in a wide range of issues and topics, including queer performativity and performance; experimental critical writing; the works of Marcel Proust; non-Lacanian psychoanalysis; artistsí books; Buddhism and pedagogy; the affective theories of Silvan Tomkins and Melanie Klein; and material culture, especially textiles and texture.
Sedgwick received her undergraduate education at Cornell University and her PhD from Yale University in 1975. She taught writing and literature at Hamilton College, Boston University, and Amherst College. She held a visiting lectureship at UC Berkeley and has taught at the School of Criticism and Theory when it was located at Dartmouth College. Additionally, she was the Newman Ivey White Professor of English at Duke University. During this time at Duke, Sedgwick and her colleagues were in the academic avant-garde of the culture wars, using literary criticism to question dominant discourses of sexuality, race, gender, and even literature itself. Sedgwick first presented her particular collection of critical tools and interests in the influential volumes Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire (1985) and Epistemology of the Closet (1990). The latter work became one of gay and lesbian studies' and queer theory's founding texts. She received the 2002 Brudner Prize at Yale. She taught graduate courses in English as Distinguished Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York until her death on April 12, 2009. She and her husband had been married for 40 years.
Sedgwick published several books considered groundbreaking in the field of Queer Theory, including Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire (1985), Epistemology of the Closet (1990), and Tendencies (1993). Additionally, Sedgwick coedited several volumes (see below) and published a book of poetry Fat Art, Thin Art (1994) as well as A Dialogue on Love (1999), and a revised version of her doctoral thesis The Coherence of Gothic Conventions (1986). Her last book Touching Feeling touches upon her continuing interest in affect, pedagogy, and performativity.