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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We live in such an insecure society, and everyone is in one closet or another, and many of them are made of glass: Being raised in Massachusetts in the middle class, my perception of acceptance is likely to be pretty skewed toward liberal notions of equality, acceptance, etc. Also how we all bear otherness in ourselves and xenophobia is fear of BEING the strange rather than a e;istemology out fear of the strange. Nov 11, Zacharygs rated it really liked it.

University of California Press- Literary Criticism – pages. Contents Epistemology of the Closet.

Epistemology of the Closet

Jun 12, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book’s main theme deals with the relationship between feeling, learning, and action. It was prompted, my parents think, by a local farmer’s son called Robert, who I was rhe to as a child.

I don’t know that I’ve ever read a book I liked as much as this one for the first pages.

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I found less to be excited about in the chapters that provide an in-depth analysis of particular literary works, largely because I haven’t read the majority of the books she epistemklogy on. View all 11 comments. Since the late s, queer studies and theory have become vital to the intellectual and political life of the United States.


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

Epistemology of the Closet focuses on other literary works that reflect the social and political ideas of queer theorists. Am I missing out on an experience that is supposed to shape me?

Epistemology of the Closet has also had a tremendous impact in the gay community as it is known for being a very “important book”, and “one of the key texts of queer theory, and, as such, is a challenging book to read. But the sexual component was accepted if not promoted by the ancients.

Sedgwick argues that limiting sexuality to homosexuality or heterosexualityin a structured binary opposition, is just too simplistic. How do you know your kids are straight? Her works reflect an interest in queer performativity, experimental critical writing, non-Lacanian psychoanalysis, Buddhism and pedagogy, the epistemolkgy theories of Silvan Tomkins and Melanie Klein, and material culture, especially textiles and texture. Epistemology of the Closet: 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.

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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. 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 people whether they admit it or not are subject to the same negative consequences of these social structures–these ideas were not necessarily new when Sedgwick’s master work was published.


Lists with This Book. Where did all this hate even come from? This was an amazing and very readable work. This book is an early exploration in how to combine literature with contemporary dialogue on sexuality.

As a group we parade and champion acceptance, but behind the confines of our paper partitions, we do not often accept one another for our variations on the same theme. But I wonder if I am missing out on some important rites and rituals as a homosexual, being so readily accepted? What is the origin of this?

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Oscar Wilde and The Picture of Dorian Gray Surprisingly enough this chapter was not as long or thorough as one might expect. For instance, for multiple reasons, modern cities do not control human bodies and desires in the epistemollogy agrarian societies do. As much as this book has been named as one of the founding works of the queer theory and discourse, it is not dull and is still relevant in it subject today.