This has been due, in no small degree, to the influence of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s critically acclaimed Epistemology of the Closet. Working from classic texts of. Epistemology of the Closet has ratings and 54 reviews. Khush said: ‘ Epistemology of the closet’ is an informative and interesting book. It is i. Buy Epistemology of the Closet 2Rev Ed by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery.

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Roll over, Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the news. Others had imaginary friends, or teddies with personalities. Throughout literature, just as throughout life, we encounter everywhere the metaphor of the closet. The article later goes on to describe how “Her close readings of Melville’s ” Billy Budd “, Wilde’s kosfsky Dorian Gray ” 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.

I confess that as no trained I saw the potential, then, in queer as it was intended: Epistemology of the Closet attacks the question of what makes up human sexuality. I suppose it must have been the rise of religion that gave voice to the prudish hatred for the sexual act. As is eipstemology 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.

I really koskfsky this book since it presents such an important and useful work of modern Queer theory, but also because it goes beyond the realm of such theory, and towards the idea that the concept of sexuality and its identification is an ever changing issue that is greatly affected by the social and sergwick factors present evs any era.

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 Epistemology of the ClosetEve Kosofsky Sedgwick explores the epistemology of the closet, the dominant metaphor for understanding gay male identities in the 20th century. It has been a while now since I have read through Eve Sedgewick’s Epistemology of the Closet and while I may have lost some of the particulars and nuances into the receding oblivion, the impact it has made on my world view persists. 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.


As a group we parade and champion acceptance, but behind the confines of evee paper partitions, we do not often accept one another for our variations on the same theme. Sinners, and Jesus Christ. The meaning of the closet in a broader way to was that it was the locking of our identity kosofsiy a sexual being.

It will not be an easy read. Trivia About Epistemology of t And bad liars at that because all the smug straight people are laughing up epistemoloy sleeves at the “poor” “pathetic” “closeted” “obviously” gay person. I loved this attitude.

Becoming Respectable Beverley Skeggs Limited preview – Drawing on feminist scholarship and the work of Michel Foucault, Sedgwick uncovered purportedly hidden homoerotic subplots in writers like Charles Dickens, Henry James and Marcel Proust. F For much of my adult life, I have felt a special burden for ministry to homosexuals. It can only be said that this is one among a few perfect examples of what the academic discipline of literature can accomplish.

Are love and thhe not a golden braid in themselves? It shows a young boy standing next to a young girl, both wearing dresses complete with frills and ruffles.

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. I wish I had read the books she discussed in it! I concede that this opinion comes from an undergrad who has seldom encountered literary theory in a classroom setting shame, shame, shamebut from what I gather–“affect” is intuitive.

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Again, no matter, how much one is tempted to denounce Marx; it is amazing to see how good his theories of base and super-structures are in explaining the world. But I wonder if I am missing out on some important rites and rituals as a homosexual, being so readily accepted? I know, because when I first tried to read it, I hadn’t gone through graduate school yet, and I never managed to finish the introduction because I just didn’t understand what I was reading.

In her kf, Sedgwick examines the book both personally and historically, as she analyzes the first wave of the AIDS epidemic and its influence on the text. Jan 13, Pedro Magdaleno rated it really liked it.

This book examines the emotions provoked by the AIDS epidemic that was widespread at the time. When I read this I was unfamiliar with Proust and Th, which made some of Sedgwick’s close reading difficult to understand, but the general points — about male homosociality and homoerotic desire being interlinked and interdependent — are well-made and substantiated to the satisfaction of all levels of reader.


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

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 interlinked and interdependent — are well-made and substantiated to the satisfaction of all leve It’s difficult to overestimate the down-to-earth magnetism and influence of Sedgwick, and ‘Epistemology’ has everything for which she’s rightly still at the top of her field, years after her death.

Quotes from Epistemology of t Nonetheless, it is probably precisely those readers who could learn the most from Epistemology of the Closetwhich reestablishes Sedgwick’s position as one of the most important thinkers in American gay studies. Topics Gender A book that changed me.

I was a bit taken aback by the rather brash out-casting in this day and age, and a bit shocked that there is still so much hatred and misunderstanding in the world today. It will be worth it. 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”.

The main theme is the closet as spectacle: 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.

Epistemology of the Closet by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This book addresses the idea that there are two views that guide sexual identity and desire: Part of the problem is that I haven’t read a lot of the texts by dead white men that she analyzes, and that made some of the later chapters incredibly difficult to get though.

My feelings toward this book are laced with resentment and I haven’t even read it yet. And that the closet was rested to protect us from the harm of those whom didn’t understand us, or wouldn’t welcomes us.