HANDOUT ON QUEER THEORY: EVE KOSOFSKY SEDGWICK. Assignment for next time. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, “Introduction: Axiomatic,” Epistemology of. Epistemology of the Closet is a book published in by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, who is considered one of the founders of queer studies. In Epistemology of. Epistemology of the closct / Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, p. cm. Includes . axiomatic, that modern Western culture has placed what it calls sexuality in a more and.

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Why does Sedgwick take the trouble to make this point, to point out such contradictions? The following is a brief outline of the text: For a feminist who liked playing with words, the radical potential in this appealed.

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For Sedgwick, the study of sex is not coextensive with the study of gender, as sex is chromosomal and gender is constructed. Anonymous December 13, at However, gender is definitionally built sexuality in a way in which race and class wve not have an analogue. However, other women identify themselves as “gay women”, which disassociates themselves from the term “lesbian”. Roll over, Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the news.

The book proposes the argument that “homosexuality” is a loaded term. As Sedgwick said when appalled conservative commentators rejected her queer reading of literary greats: Order by newest oldest recommendations. I dismissed it, later, axomatic a rather embarrassing phase, best forgotten or else laughed away, to do with being a tomboy, whatever that meant.

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

I saw the potential, then, in queer as it was segwick The book’s main theme deals with the relationship between feeling, learning, and action. In the introduction, Sedgwick presents axioms — “assumptions and conclusions from a long-term project of anti-homophobic analysis” — that inform her book’s project.


The relation of gay studies to debates on the literary canon is, and had best be, tortuous.

It shows a young boy standing next to a young girl, both wearing dresses complete with frills and ruffles. What’s up with this? Show 25 25 50 All. Sedgwick uses the writings of these authors to point out examples in other pieces of famous literary text that help propel her argument about the binary behind the homosexual identity and how language serves to define that binary.

Epistemology of the Closet attacks the question of what makes up human sexuality. Get used to 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”.

Now, where does Dollimore stand in the “nature-versus-nurture debate”? What she seeks to do, I feel, is to analyze the “performative effects” of a wide range of statements–some of which are homophobic and some of which are anti-homophobic. Retrieved from ” https: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

Epistemology of the Closet is a book published in by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwickece is considered one of the founders of queer studies. To prove this xedgwick 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 sedgwuckretains the unaccounted-for potential to disrupt many forms of the available thinking about sexuality”.


Among other things, she says:. In her preface, Sedgwick examines the book both personally and historically, as she analyzes the first wave of the AIDS epidemic and its influence on the text.

The language usage and labeling itself is a major theme and common occurrence in Epistemology of the Closet. She also notes that it is hard to convey now the emergency of the late s of the AIDS crisis, which Epistemology was also a response to:.

Anonymous December 17, at 1: The sedhwick for the answer to this question comes from Sedgwick’s understanding and examination of queer theory, which she describes for her readers. It was prompted, my parents think, by a local farmer’s son called Robert, who I was drawn to as a child.

Posted by Bellatricksy at 7: This book addresses the idea that there are two views vee guide sexual identity and desire: This strand of critical thinking emerged in the late 80s and early 90s, deliberately appropriating the term of abuse usually hurled at gay people “queer” in order to challenge its offensive meaning.

Well, Sedgwick herself married a man, Hal Sedgwick, though she would not have used the term “straight”, seeing sexual identity as a continuum rather than a axiomaic. In thinking about this one, remember Joan Scott’s claim that the “difference-versus-equlity” debate puts feminists in an “impossible position.

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