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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But the sexual component was accepted if not promoted by the ancients.

Oscar Wilde and The Picture of Dorian Gray Surprisingly enough this chapter was not as long or thorough as one might expect. Epistemology is not epistemoloty narrative, it’s about how the field of academia has understood sexuality, gender, and the concept of “the closet. Oct 22, Patricia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Epistemology of the Closet has received many positive reviews.

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Epistemology of the Closet by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

But it was the introduction to Sedgwick’s Epistemology of the Closet, titled Axiomatic, that I devoured in one sitting.

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.

But the intro and first chapter are some of my favorite cultural criticism. Be the first to ask a question about Epistemology of the Closet.

Trivia About Epistemology of t Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Apr 05, Khush rated it it was amazing.

The introductory chapters were especially well written and fleshed out an influential cultural and social criticism. What charm, compared to this chrism of the gratuitous, can reside in the all too predictable tears of women, of gay men, of people with something to cry about?

At times maybe she was a bit self-indulgent, there was enough traces of self-mockery to make this forgivable, even enjoyable. Becoming Respectable Beverley Skeggs Limited preview – If James were born losofsky the 20th century and turned to queer theory, I expect he would write very much as Sedgwick does, episfemology is oddly enchanting, in sedywick way.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Axiom 1 — and I still smile at its epistdmology brilliant simplicity — is “people are different from each other”. This book reflects the huge AIDS crisis among gay men in the s, and the forms of homophobia around at that time – to understand some of the tonalities and cognitive structures of the book you must know the context. And while such binaries or oppositions are present in life, things are not always as clear cut.

In her preface to this updated edition Sedgwick places the book both personally and historically, looking specifically at the horror of the first wave of the AIDS epidemic and its influence on the text. The meaning of the closet in a broader way to was that it was the locking of our identity as a sexual being.

On one hand, I feel glad reading, for instance, about the episteme of the ‘closet,’ it gives the th that mankind is evolving in a linear fashion.

The Beast in the Closet. The chapter dedicated to the king of obscurity is the one closest to ‘pure’ literary analysis.

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

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 celebrating marginality, which in itself serves to destabilise the mainstream. Her theory is based heavily in a epistemologg structure with a post-Stonewall, post-AIDS crisis lens through which to view the pluralities of sexuality.

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.

Like Epistemology of the ClosetTouching Feeling also focuses on ideas of queer theory. Working from classic texts of European and American writers — including Herman Melville, Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Oscar Wilde — Sedgwick delineates a historical moment in which sexual identity became as important a demarcation of personhood as gender had been for centuries.

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Epistemology of the Closet

In Epistemology of the ClosetSedgwick argues that standard binary oppositions limit freedom and understanding, especially in the context of sexuality.

One thing that can be safely said, Epistemology of the Closet is not, at all, pellucid.

kosofsoy 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. She is wearing a pretty dress, and an alice band; a toothy grin lights up her face. It is informative as it looks into the very physiognomy of ‘closet,’ and it is interesting because it assays the work of some great authors such as Proust, Joyce, Lawrence, and Wilde.

In the ancient past, homosexuality was a fairly common and accepted passtime, though socially constructed in such a way. Sedgwick closwt this book as the exploration of “promising tools and techniques for nondualistic thought and cloet. James Russell Lowell Prize Nominee Wilde Nietzsche and the Sentimental Relations. Jan 13, Pedro Magdaleno rated it really liked it.

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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. Contents Epistemology of the Closet. The book, of course, demands patience. Views Read Edit View history. It deconstructs the mechanisms through which a queer individual goes from simply suffering from the stifling effects of homophic repression to actively enforcing them.