Epistemology of the Closet: Updated with a New Preface

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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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User Review  - Stef Rozitis - Goodreads

An interesting book. One of those ones where trying to wrap your head around it gives you a headache (in a good way). I wish I had read the books she discussed in it! For me the connection between ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mandy - Goodreads

Another book I read half of for a class and intend to return to once I have the time. Sedgwick is pretty badass. 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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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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