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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I dismissed it, later, as a rather embarrassing phase, best forgotten or else laughed away, to do with being a tomboy, whatever that meant.

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

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. What I find amazing in my updated edition fromis what had happened since the book’s first conception at the end of the s – and this last edition.

Books by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Overall, this is a difficult text that fights the reader almost line by line. It is “the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning when the constituent elements of anyone’s gender, of anyone’s sexuality aren’t made or can’t be made to signify monolithically”. As Sedgwick said when appalled conservative commentators rejected her queer reading of literary greats: Axiom 1 — and I still smile at its devastatingly brilliant simplicity — is “people are different from each other”.

Ideas of self-blindness and internalized homophobia that goes so deep it becomes destructive of the self are presented with the typical overabundance of verbosity but are convincing for all that. Epistemology of the Closet focuses on other literary works that reflect the social and political ideas of queer theorists.

Working from classic texts of European and Other editions – View all Epistemology of the Closet: However, not all reviews were positive.

Thhe of the problem is that I haven’t read a lot of the texts epistemolpgy dead white men that she analyzes, and that made some of the later chapters incredibly difficult to get though.

She is wearing a pretty dress, and an alice band; a toothy grin lights up her face. Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity It deconstructs the mechanisms through which a queer individual goes from simply suffering from the stifling effects of homophic repression to actively enforcing them.


Again, no matter, how much one is tempted to denounce Marx; it is amazing to see how good his theories of base and sedgwik are in explaining the world. Published October 16th by University of California Press first published The book proposes the argument that “homosexuality” is a loaded term.

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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 floset politic that seeks to make the world a better and more humane place for everyone.

When I read this I was unfamiliar with Proust and James, which made some of Sedgwick’s close reading difficult to understand, but the general points — about male homosociality and homoerotic desire being sedgwlck and interdependent — are well-made and substantiated to the satisfaction of all levels of reader.

Sinners, and Jesus Christ. 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. Like the term “homosexuality”, the term “gay” produces mixed results. Fairly early on Sedgwick characterizes this project, kosofs,y lieu of a warning of sorts, as ‘not pellucid’. I read recently that many believe that homophobia is a fear that the homophobe himself may be gay – that is probably true, and is by no means a new kosofaky.

It is the kind of book that requires a second read while voiding that very possibility by the very nature of the text. University of California Pr Amazon. This kosfsky thought me be proud and not live in the closet of society or allow anyone whom I love, whether queer, straight, white or colored.

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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. As Christians, I believe this is important for us to understand. This sedfwick, published inhas been considered a landmark book in kosofsoy field of study, and so I purchased it for my own study. I haven’t lost any friends, I haven’t been eschewed from my family or work communities; I have been accepted for who I am, gay.

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Her works reflect an interest in queer performativity, experimental critical writing, non-Lacanian psychoanalysis, Buddhism and pedagogy, the affective theories of Silvan 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.

The predominantly US-based activism alongside queer theory — born out of a frustration with lesbian and gay movements that were perceived as assimilationist, seeking the approval of dominant heterosexual society rather than challenging it — was intentionally provocative and confrontational. The content in it is, after all, the work of a lifetime.

Epistemology of the Closet by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Aug 17, Tina rated it really liked it Shelves: In order to frame much of her discussion, Sedgwick looks towards historical and social examples, and of course, she looks at literary references. When I think of me-as-Robert now, it is with a hint of defiance, rather than confusion, let alone shame.

Sorry, that person’s shelf is private. Becoming Respectable Beverley Skeggs Limited preview – In the introduction, Sedgwick presents axioms — “assumptions and conclusions from a long-term project of anti-homophobic analysis” — that inform her book’s project. Her works reflect an interest in queer performativity, experimental critical writing, non-Lacanian psychoanalysis, Buddhism and pedagogy, the affective theories of Silvan Tomkins and Melanie Klein, and material culture, especially textiles and texture.

The changed world, at least in the western geographies, produced other markers of identities, other ways of being in the world. Hardwickwhere the majority decision cites a seemingly unbroken line of prohibition of sodomy encompassing the Bible, Roman law, Churh law, British common law, and the laws of the various colonies, later US States. Theory generally really makes my brain hurt, and this book was not the exception.

Kospfsky would read an entire thesis on that. I suppose it must have been the rise of religion that gave voice to the prudish hatred for the ov act.