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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Oosofsky 1 — and I still smile at its devastatingly brilliant simplicity — is “people are different from each other”. In Epistemology of the ClosetSedgwick argues that standard binary oppositions limit freedom and understanding, especially in the context of sexuality.

My feelings toward this sedgwidk are laced with resentment and I haven’t even read it yet. Feb 09, Nocturnalux added it Shelves: In so doing, she has produced an essential antihomophobic text, the one every straight person had better read.

For a feminist who liked playing with words, the radical potential in this appealed. 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: University of California Pr Amazon. And losofsky queer is anything, it’s a retort to the idea that your sexual or any identity must define you in a static, limiting way, and above all, that it may be used to vilify you. And they get better every time I read them.

And bad liars at that because all the smug straight people are laughing up their sleeves at the “poor” “pathetic” “closeted” “obviously” gay person. May 29, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: In Epistemology of the ClosetEve Kosofsky Sedgwick explores the epistemology of the closet, the dominant metaphor for understanding gay male identities in the 20th century.

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

As explained in the book, some women, according to Sedgwick, call themselves ” lesbians ” yet they do not identify at all with the term “gay”. But it was the introduction to Sedgwick’s Epistemology of the Closet, titled Axiomatic, that I devoured in one sitting. The introductory chapters were especially well written and fleshed out an influential cultural and social criticism.


Even with a year of intense graduate studies in gender and sexuality and after a year-long seminar on Nietzsche who I mention only because I find his writing is equally impenetrablethis book was a struggle at times.

Whether she realizes it is also likely to turn off potential readers who would otherwise gladly explore the ideas kosofsoy in said text is another question. Can you repeat that one more time? View all 11 comments.

Working from classic texts of European and American writers — including Herman Melville, Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Oscar Sedgiwck — Sedgwick delineates a historical moment in which sexual identity became as important a demarcation of personhood as gender had been for centuries.

Confusing to read about all the embodied denials and ignorances of privilege. But the sexual component was accepted if not promoted by the ancients. I have a Mormon friend whose parents told him that while he is entitled to love whoever he chooses, they condemn the homosexual act.

Nov 05, Ian rated it really liked it Shelves: Her expression of the closet theory was based on the denomination and meaning of homosexuality and heterosexuality.

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Jun 12, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: The words inside, which introduce in Butler’s inimitable style the idea of gender as performance, have epistemollgy been summarised, I think, by the internet meme of a photograph of Butler delivering a lecture, overlaid with the words ” Gender — yer ‘doing’ it “. I would read an entire thesis on that. Which is clowet say that Sedwick tackles the subject matter that she admits is highly problematic with a highly dense text that is resistant to a simple reading as said subject matter itself.


Around this axis Sedgwick works out an analysis of seminal no pun intended texts in queer literature.

Kosodsky don’t know that I’ve ever read a book I liked as much as this one for the first pages. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Epistemology of the Closet is a book published in by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwickwho is considered one of the founders of queer studies. Like the term “homosexuality”, the term “gay” produces mixed results.

Her theory is based heavily in a post-Foucault structure with a post-Stonewall, post-AIDS crisis lens through which to view the pluralities of sexuality. While these are not the conclusions drawn by the author who is not a ChristianI feel that they are a practical application of some of her thoughts that fit within both a Biblical framework and within the canon of queer theory. Her works reflect an interest in queer performativity, experimental critical writing, non-Lacanian psychoanalysis, Buddhism and pedagogy, the affective theories of Closef Tomkins and Melanie Klein, and material culture, especially textil Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick was an American academician specializing in literary criticism and feminist analysis; she is known as one of the architects of queer theory.

I cooset on the most gorgeous deep blue velvet trouser suit, a white frill-collared shirt, and a terribly serious expression. Becoming Respectable Beverley Skeggs Limited preview – Goodreads helps eeve keep track of books you want to read. The reality that gay women and men have been subject to the heteronormative social structures, producing a disheartening amount of pain, compulsive sexuality, and rigid identity boundaries-the equally unpleasant reality that straight I concede that this opinion comes from an undergrad who has seldom encountered literary theory in a classroom setting shame, shame, shamebut from what Pf gather–“affect” is intuitive.