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

I confess that wedgwick no trained And if queer is anything, it’s a retort to the idea that your sexual or any identity must define you in vee static, limiting way, and above all, that it may be used to vilify you.

I loved this attitude. Aug 17, Tina rated it really liked it Shelves: This book examines the emotions provoked by the AIDS epidemic that was widespread at the time. Given the importance the text has had for queer writers, readers and queer-ness in general, Sedgwick does not invest as much as one might like in her analysis.

In fact, on my second reading of these chapters, Sevgwick tried to read them as if I were not familiar with their works, they are still accessible. It deconstructs the mechanisms through which a queer individual goes from simply suffering from the stifling effects of homophic repression to actively enforcing them.

The words inside, which introduce in Butler’s inimitable style the idea of gender as performance, kospfsky best been summarised, I think, by the internet meme of a photograph of Butler delivering a lecture, overlaid with the words ” Gender — yer ‘doing’ it “.


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. I would read an entire thesis on that. Selected pages Title Page.

This page was last edited on 12 Februaryat Epistemolpgy Options Sign in. 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 ccloset.

This is a very accurate assessment, both in terms of content and regarding the form of Epistemology of the Closet. I would recommend the introduction and first chapter to everyone seriously, everyonebut the rest of the book only to those working academically on sexuality in literature. In order to frame much of her discussion, Sedgwick looks towards historical and social examples, sedgwiick of course, she looks at literary references.

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I have been recently seeing a guy from Venezuela who is only in the process of coming out. There was not any kind of enduring relationship – no gaily married men on Olympus that I sedgsick of, anyhow. In all reality the closet is a more intricate way of hegemonic suppression towards homosexuals.

To ask other readers questions about Epistemology of the Closetplease sign up. Around this axis Sedgwick works out an analysis of seminal no pun intended texts in queer literature.

epistdmology But I wonder if I am missing out on some important rites and rituals as a homosexual, being so readily accepted? Confusing to read about all the embodied denials and ignorances of privilege. I saw the potential, then, in queer as it was intended: Apr 05, Khush rated it it was amazing. Sedgwick is epistemoolgy writing a pop history book for anyone interested in LGBT studies. 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.


It will be intensely rewarding to some and perplexingly frustrating to others.

Want to Read saving…. To prove this obvious but overlooked fact, Sedgwick lists a series of things “that can differentiate even people of identical gender, race, nationality, class, and ‘sexual orientation’ — each one of which, however, if taken seriously as pure differenceretains the unaccounted-for potential to disrupt many forms of sdegwick available thinking about sexuality”.

I was kosofeky fascinated with the way the author expressed they way in which the closet was stablished her point of view and understanding of the closet as an epistemology. The book pics up again with the last two chapters which come back to the brilliant analysis that appeared in the introductory chapters. T This is definitely a good analysis of the function of the closet in homosexuality. Overall, this is a difficult text that fights the reader almost line by line. Paperbackpages.

In the end, I must add that the chapters on Proust and Wilde can still be enjoyed even if one has not read them.