This essay reflects on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s citation of Erving Goffman’s 1963 book Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity in her essay “Queer Performativity: Henry James’s The Art of the Novel” (1993). I track Sedgwick’s attempt to wrest queer studies away from “the deconstructive project” and argue that the turn to affect recalls the disavowed roots of the field in midcentury social science.
Beginning With Stigma
Heather Love teaches English and gender studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard University Press, 2009), the editor of a special issue of GLQ on Gayle Rubin (“Rethinking Sex”), and the coeditor of a special issue of Representations (“Description across Disciplines”). Love has written on topics including comparative social stigma, compulsory happiness, transgender fiction, spinster aesthetics, reading methods in literary studies, and the history of deviance studies.
Heather Love; Beginning With Stigma. GLQ 1 January 2019; 25 (1): 33–38. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-7275250
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