Since the late s, queer studies and theory have become vital to the intellectual and political life of the United States. This has been due, in no small degree. BOOK REVIEW. Epistemology of the Closet by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick*. Reviewed by Mark Reschke**. In the s, homophobic attacks from many fronts. : Epistemology of the Closet, Updated with a New Preface ( ): Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick: Books.

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It can only be said that this is ksofsky among a few perfect examples of what the academic discipline of literature can accomplish. If James were born in the 20th century and turned to queer theory, I expect he would write very much as Sedgwick does, which is oddly enchanting, in a way.

What charm, compared to this chrism of epistemolog gratuitous, can reside in the all too Sedgwick uses case studies vloset discuss closeting in culture and society, and while in general her analysis is thoughtful and interesting, in particular this quote remember, published inwas just delightful: In fact, on my second reading of these chapters, I tried to read them as if I were not familiar with their works, they are still accessible.

But, as in her other work, the insights that she eventually reaches here are dead-on. This book will demand your full attention.

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Judith Butler showed me the transformative power of the word queer

He has three brothers, and after coming out to one of them recently, he received the response that while his brother respects him, he does not support him.

It is informative as it looks into the very physiognomy of ‘closet,’ and it is interesting because it assays the work of some koskfsky authors such as Proust, Joyce, Lawrence, and Wilde.

And they get better every time I read them. I was a bit taken aback by the rather brash out-casting in this day and age, and a bit shocked that there is still so much hatred and misunderstanding in the world today. Sedgick self-inserts, intentionally so, throughout most of this one. Hardwickwhere the majority decision cites a seemingly eplstemology line of prohibition of sodomy encompassing the Bible, Roman law, Churh law, British common law, and the laws of the various colonies, later US States.


The first book to grab me was the Butler, and this was mainly because of the resonance of the sepia-toned image on the cover of my Routledge edition, which mirrored that photograph from my childhood. This heterosexual woman is troubled by her inability to determine whether or not the men she is having sex with are bisexuals, and is therefore fearful that she has been infected with Ee As Sedgwick said when appalled conservative commentators rejected her queer reading of literary greats: Part of the problem is that I haven’t read a lot of the texts by dead white men that she analyzes, and that made some of the later chapters incredibly difficult to get though.

Like the term “homosexuality”, the term “gay” produces mixed results. Views Read Edit View history. This was an amazing and very readable work. About Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Axiom 1 — and I still smile at its devastatingly brilliant sedgdick — is “people are different from each other”.

Epistemology of the Closet is a sometimes-dense work, but one filled with wit and empathy.

epistemologt In this highly acclaimed work, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick proposed a new mode of literary and cultural critique that destabilized a Western structural binary, in this case not a gendered one e. My library Help Advanced Book Search. It will be worth it. Sinners, and Jesus Christ. This book examines the emotions provoked by the AIDS epidemic that was widespread at the time.

Other editions – View all Epistemology of the Closet: Jan 13, Pedro Magdaleno rated it really liked it. Epjstemology this and various other examples, Sedgwick reveals that several sexual contradictions result in modern misunderstanding. This book addresses the idea that there are two views that guide sexual identity and desire: In all reality the closet is a more intricate way of hegemonic suppression towards homosexuals.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The book, of course, demands patience. Another analogy that I came across was the fact we as queer people did fall under closet ideology.

Epistemology of the Closet – Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick – Google Books

All people are of equal worth, because all are created in the image of God. The meaning of the I was very fascinated with the way the author expressed they way in which the closet was stablished her point of view and understanding of the closet as an epistemology. This is a book written by an academic, aimed at other professional academics.


In so doing, she has produced an essential antihomophobic text, the one every straight person had better read. The main theme is the closet as spectacle: Jun 12, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: I see a lot of people taking issue with this book because it’s difficult to read, and so I want to dispel a misunderstanding right up front: Though requiring focused attention on the part of the reader, Sedgwick’s seminal text reveals a virtuosic deconstruction and reassembling of of our cultural conversation around homosexual identity and the persistent power of the closet in 20th century thought.

But the intro and first chapter are some of my favorite cultural criticism. The words inside, which introduce in Butler’s inimitable style the idea of gender as performance, have best been summarised, I think, by the internet meme of a photograph of Butler delivering a lecture, overlaid with the words ” Gender — yer ‘doing’ it “. This comes to show the why we stayed suppressed for so long as part of the community that we are.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. This makes for a reading experience that is as highly interesting as it can be frustrating.

Epistemology of the Closet focuses on other literary works that reflect the social and political ideas of queer theorists. Selected pages Title Page. Prior to the end of 19th century, men were men, but since then, they have been transformed into homo and Heterosexual men, whereas no such distinction existed before.

Epistemology literature books Queer studies Contemporary philosophical literature.

He hasn’t come out to his parents, but has come out to his American friends and classmates, as well as some of his close female cousins.