Epistemology of the Closet: Updated with a New Preface (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Dec 18, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 280 pages
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Since the late 1980s, 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, to the influence of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's critically acclaimed "Epistemology of the Closet. "Working from classic texts of European and American writers including Melville, James, Nietzsche, Proust, and Wilde Sedgwick analyzes a turn-of-the-century historical moment in which sexual orientation became as important a demarcation of personhood as gender had been for centuries. In her preface to this updated edition Sedgwick places the book both personally and historically, looking specifically at the horror of the first wave of the AIDS epidemic and its influence on the text.

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Review: Epistemology of the Closet

User Review  - Paul Hoehn - Goodreads

The importance of this book is, of course, monumental, which is what drew me to it in the first place. However, reading it was an unexpectedly beautiful experience. One can feel Sedgwick's tenderness ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anh Le - Goodreads

In this highly acclaimed work, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick proposed a new mode of literary and cultural critique that destabilized a Western structural binary, in this case not a gendered one (eg the ... Read full review

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Epistemology of the Closet
Some Binarisms I Billy Budd After the Homosexual
Some Binarisms II Wilde Nietzsche and the Sentimental Relations of the Male Body
The Beast in the Closet James and the Writing of Homosexual Panic
Proust and the Spectacle of the Closet

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About the author (2007)

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is Distinguished Professor of English at City University of New York Graduate Center. Her books include "Between Men, Tendencies, A Dialogue on Love, "and "Touching Feeling.

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