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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According to Robert Tobina writer for Philosophy and Literature”Readers who still hanker for expository prose without digressions might on occasion be frustrated with this book, as will readers whose politics differ from Sedgwick’s. One of those ones where trying to wrap your head around it gives you a headache in a good way. I saw the potential, then, in queer as it was intended: This book ege the idea that there are two views that guide sexual identity and desire: It draws on French philosopher Michel Foucault’s writings on epistemologj and his notion that bodies are given meaning by discourse and social structures of knowledge and power.

Sedgwick writes with great intelligence and an eye for irony, but always makes clear that her theories and critical acumen are in the service of a politic that closeg to make the world a better and more humane place for clloset. In Epistemology of the ClosetSedgwick argues that standard binary oppositions limit freedom and understanding, especially in the context of sexuality.

Dorian Gray serves as an examples of how the ‘homo’ aspect of ‘homosexuality’ came to be perceived via the by now common place Double them of the picture itself. The more distinct these binaries are, the easier it is to assign people different identity markers. And they get better every time I read them.

Sep 29, Anh Le rated it really liked it Shelves: James Russell Lowell Prize Nominee Also it was especially hard to understand her chapter on ‘Billy Budd’ which might be caused by my lack of having read the novel.


To think, read or act queerly is to think across boundaries, beyond what is deemed to be normal, to jump at the possibilities opened up by kodofsky marginality, which in itself serves to destabilise the mainstream. Epistemology of the Closet has received many positive reviews. Again, no matter, how much one closeet tempted to denounce Marx; it is amazing to see how good his theories of base and super-structures are in explaining the world. Jan 15, Sarah marked it as to-read Shelves: A complicated relationship exists between the commingling of hearts and the physical manifestation in bodies, but it seems a gross hypocrisy to allow one and condemn the other.

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All people are of equal worth, because all are created in the image of God. Axiom 1 — and I still smile at its devastatingly brilliant simplicity — is “people are different from each other”. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

And she offers an ambitious range of examples and techniques for pursuing the antihomophobic project in newly imaginative, assertive, and trenchant ways throughout contemporary culture. I have been thinking a lot lately about how variable the gay experience is across America and around the world, and even by individual. A universalizing view affirms that all persons are of equal worth, though they may differ in many ways, and that an understanding of homosexuality is important for people of all sexual persuasions.

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While Sedgwick does frame each author and summarize each work minus Proust’s, which is understandablethe reader is expected to know them fairly well along with Foucault and have the particular texts fresh in their memory. To me the meaning of the closet was something referring sedgwikc fear and exclusion of people whom didn’t for the norm. Whether she realizes it is also likely to turn off potential readers who would otherwise gladly explore sedwick ideas expoused in said text is another question.

Through readings of Melville, Nietzsche, Wilde, James and Proust, the author argues that the vexed imperatives to specify straight and gay identities have become central to every important form of knowledge of the 20th century. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I would read an entire thesis on that. Even though when one is familiar with these writers, it is exciting to look at their works with the acutely focused perspective of the ‘Closet.


University of California Pr Amazon. This reading thought me be proud and not live in the closet of society or allow anyone whom I love, whether queer, straight, white or colored.

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

Epistemology of the Closet. That said–if you’re familiar with with this style of writing, the questions Sedgwick is asking and the theories she’s presenting in this book are really fascinating.

Quotes from Epistemology of t In this highly acclaimed work, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick proposed a new mode of literary and cultural critique that xloset a Western structural binary, in this case not a gendered one e. It will be dve it. 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 “.

Epistemology of the Closet

It deconstructs the mechanisms through which a queer individual goes from simply suffering from the stifling effects of homophic repression to actively enforcing them.

Epistemology of the Closet by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

But Oooooooh what a difficult read! Order by newest oldest recommendations. For instance, Sedwick makes the case that there are two views that guide our views of sexuality and identity. Well, Sedgwick herself married a man, Hal Sedgwick, though she would not have used the term “straight”, seeing sexual identity as a continuum rather than a category.

Aug 17, Tina rated it really liked it Koosfsky