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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Epistemology of the Closet by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

A big jump here Therefore, even today, the industrially developed world is far more evolved when it comes to the rights of minority sexualities, whereas in the fhe societies, the term ‘closet’ is irrelevant because the clooset man has not arrived there. This book addresses the idea that there are two views that guide sexual identity and desire: Sorry, that person’s shelf is private. That said–if you’re familiar with with this style of writing, the questions Sedgwick is asking and the theories she’s presenting in this book are really fascinating.

The introductory chapters were especially well written and fleshed out an influential cultural and social criticism.

This comes to show the why we stayed suppressed for so long as part of the community that we are. Still, this was eye-opening in many ways.

The binarism chapters were the downside of Sedgwicks book. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Familiarity with these works is mandatory, rereadings may even be in order otherwise an already oblique text veers into unintelligibility.


An article in Publishers Weekly described Sedgwick’s homosexual closet as “the defining structure for gay oppression in this century. The book, of course, demands patience. In the introduction, Sedgwick presents axioms — “assumptions and conclusions from a long-term project of anti-homophobic analysis” — that inform her book’s project.

Also it was especially hard to understand her chapter on ‘Billy Budd’ which might be caused by my lack of having read the novel.

Trivia About Epistemology of t In countless personal gay narratives, one often hears ‘Epistemology of the closet’ is an informative and interesting book. Retrieved from ” https: On publication, the kospfsky attracted attention from the publication magazine The Nationwhich described it as “a remarkable work of mind and spirit”, in which “the literary analyses are excellent”.

The meaning of the closet in a broader way to was that it was the locking of our identity as a sexual being. In countless personal gay narratives, one often hears, ‘Oh I thought I were the only one,’ ‘this is only te to kosofssky. Philosophy and Literature, Volume 15, Number 2, Octoberpp. The article later goes on to describe how “Her close readings of Melville’s ” Billy Budd “, Wilde’s ” Dorian Gray ” and of Proust, Nietzsche, Henry Sedgwixk 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.

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

Feb 14, y. In this way, Sedgwick’s book serves as an example of how disciplines can be incorporated into discourse, a concept that makes this book, along with Sedgwick’s other literary-academic experiments, well worth while. 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 srdgwick of the various colonies, later US States.


How do you know your kids are straight? Roll over, Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the news. Which is to say that Sedwick tackles the subject matter that she admits is highly problematic with a highly dense text that is resistant to a simple reading as said subject matter itself.

It deconstructs the mechanisms through which a queer individual goes from simply suffering from the stifling effects of homophic repression to actively enforcing them.

Epistemology of the Closet

About Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Chapter 2, on Billy Budd, was particularly torturous for me.

He has three brothers, and after coming out to one of them recently, he received the response that while his brother respects him, he does not support him. Lists with This Book. It proposes an alternate interpretation to the orthodox one by reading the characters as dancing in and around the closet. Given how non-pellucid Sedgwick herself is, it is not surprising that Henry James should feature so prominently.