EVE KOSOFSKY SEDGWICK

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In Questions of Evidence (University of Chicago Press, 1994)

Sedgwick considers Terry Castle’s essay in the same volume, “Contagious Folly – An Adventure and Its Skeptics,” as offering alternatives to “the lesbian eradicating options of credulous versus crazy.” Instead, the Castle opens the question, “what kind of act was it…to write and publish this…claim made for a place in public history…of their subjectivities?” In the wake of the Rodney King verdict and the pre-publication assessments of “Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl,” Sedgwick seeks to “de-emphasize the epistemology of evidence and instead stress its erotics.”