Here are the first two essays we’re reading for Wednesday, September 23

Queer Little Gods – Interview

Melanie Klein and the Difference Affect Makes

[UPDATE] Here are the chapters from Touching Feeling (sorry about the marginalia):

Touching Feeling Introduction

Interlude, Pedagogic

Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading

(This last one is a pretty long essay. I think for now it might make sense to skip pages 130 through 143 unless you’re really interested. It’s Eve’s introduction of reparative reading and her encouragement to practice it that seems most relevant for us right now, not her critique of conventional queer theory postures.)


Schedule: Fall 2009

Hello, Evie Friends! Here is the schedule for our reading group this semester:

Week 1: September 23 Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick essays

Week 2: September 30 Ferenczi, Bollas, and Winnicott essays

Week 3: October 21 Meira Likierman, Melanie Klein: Her Work in Context and Robert Hinshelwood, Introducing Melanie Klein

Week 4: November 4 (tentative) Melanie Klein, “A Contribution to the Psychogenesis of Manic-Depressive States,” “Mourning and Its Relation to Manic-Depressive States,” and “On the Sense of Loneliness”

Week 5: November 18 (tentative) Melanie Klein, “Early Stages of the Oedipus Conflict,” “The Importance of Symbol Formation in the Development of the Ego,” and “A Study of Envy and Gratitude”

Week 6: December 9 Michael Balint, The Basic Fault

Here’s a copy of the course description Eve wrote for the seminar on which this reading group is based: Non-Oedipal Psychologies. (If anyone’s curious, here’s my website: Alec Magnet.)