The Times We're In: Queer Feminist Criticism and the Reparative 'Turn'

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This article examines the reparative turn in current queer feminist scholarship by tracking its twin interest in the study of affect and time. By foregrounding Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's influential critique of what she called paranoid reading, I am interested in the ways that various critics - Ann Cvetkovich, Heather Love, and Elizabeth Freeman in particular - take up the call for reparative reading by using the temporal frameworks of the everyday, backward feeling, and queer time to reparative ends. In the process, I consider the reparative work being done to reclaim Sedgwick as a major thinker for queer feminist concerns, and speculate on the attraction, in a time of declining economic and cultural support for the interpretative humanities, of a critical practice that seeks to love and nurture its objects of study. © The Author(s) 2014.





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Wiegman, R (2013). The Times We're In: Queer Feminist Criticism and the Reparative 'Turn'. Feminist Theory, 15(1). pp. 1–24. 10.1177/1464700113513081a Retrieved from

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