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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Lists with This Book. And she offers an ambitious epistemolohy of examples and techniques for pursuing the antihomophobic project in newly imaginative, assertive, and trenchant ways throughout contemporary culture.

Henry James and The Beast in the Jungle This is a short story that not even dedicated James readers will immediately bring to memory, assuming they have even read it I had not. Views Read Edit View history.

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I say this because in all reality the closet was created to prolong the believe that heterosexuality is the natural and normal way of being and to demonized anything that differs from it. And if 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. It needs a lot of effort to learn that this happens because all spaces are understood, and assigned meanings in rigid, normative binaries; whatever lies outside these binaries is ‘closeted.

And bad liars at that because all the smug straight people are laughing up their sleeves at the “poor” kosofsy “closeted” “obviously” gay person. I have on the most gorgeous deep blue velvet trouser suit, a white frill-collared shirt, and a terribly serious expression. But Oooooooh what a difficult read! In the book, Sedgwick analyzes a late nineteenth century historical moment in which sexual orientation became as important a definer of personal identity as gender had been for centuries.

It will be worth it. Being raised in Massachusetts in yhe middle class, my perception of acceptance is likely to be pretty skewed toward liberal notions of equality, acceptance, etc. Mar 27, Jeremiah rated it really liked it Shelves: This fpistemology been due, in no small degree, to the influence of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s critically acclaimed Epistemology of the Closet.


Yet, at the same time protect us from from ourselves in a matter that would keep us from being discriminated against or killed.

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

In her preface, Sedgwick examines the book both personally and historically, as she analyzes the first wave of the AIDS epidemic and its influence on the text.

University of California Press- Literary Criticism – pages. Yet it took only 17 years for that same court to strike this decision down. And created a heteronormative society in which not only homosexuality was suppressed, but the closet also expanded to be more intricate than thought of, because the closet began inhaling culture and race at the same time.

The content in it is, after all, the work of a lifetime. Am I missing out on an experience that is supposed to shape me? This is a tour-de-force examination of epistemological questions as they arise from and pertain to the closet – in which homosexual clloset live sheltered, private lives.

For instance, for multiple reasons, modern cities do not control human bodies and desires in the way ssedgwick societies do. The article later goes on to describe how “Her close readings of Melville’s ebe Billy Budd “, Wilde’s ” Dorian Gray kosofsku and of Proust, Nietzsche, Henry James and Thackeray bristle with keen observations relating entrenched fears of same-sex relationships to contemporary gay-bashing and obvious displays of heterosexual or “macho” attitudes.

Since the late s, queer studies and theory have become vital to the intellectual and political life of the United States. Melville and Billy Budd This was perhaps my favorite srdgwick.

Feb 05, Jamie Bernthal rated it really liked it. Philosophy and Literature, Volume 15, Number 2, Octoberpp. It proposes an alternate interpretation to the orthodox one by reading the characters as dancing in and around the closet. Within the first few pages, I quickly realized two things: It is the kind of book that requires a second read while voiding that very possibility by the very nature of the text.


Retrieved from ” https: Since I have not read those books, there was much that I failed to comprehend as fully as i would have liked.

Show 25 25 50 All. I was very fascinated with the way the author expressed they way in sedgwickk the closet was stablished her point of view and understanding of the closet as an epistemology. All people are of equal worth, because all are created in the image of God. As Sedgwick writes elsewhere, “queer is a continuing moment, movement, motive — recurrent, eddying, troublant”.

At times maybe she was a bit self-indulgent, there was enough traces of self-mockery to make this forgivable, even enjoyable. 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.

This book is an early exploration in how to combine literature with contemporary dialogue on sexuality. 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? It od be intensely rewarding to some and perplexingly frustrating to others.

Language is very powerful – it can make people fall in love, it can entertain, it can enlighten, but it can also breed hatred and misunderstanding, it can lie, it can kill. Apr 05, Khush rated it it was amazing. Sedgwick uses case studies to 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: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

As is often my problem, it is difficult to review a book so seminal a self-conscious word choice, not ignoring the potential for “germinal” to be used as a synonym and so fundamental to so many strains of thoughts.