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.

The text of this article is only available as a PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.