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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I have on sedgwikc most gorgeous deep blue velvet trouser suit, a white frill-collared shirt, and a terribly serious expression. 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.

This book examines the emotions provoked by the AIDS epidemic that was widespread at the time.

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She discusses the realization in feminism that not all oppressions are congruent as a particularly important one, because it included the realization that a person who is disabled through one set of oppressions may in fact be enabled through others; for example, a woman who uses her married name shows her subordination as a woman and her privilege as a presumed heterosexual.

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Among other things, she says:. In the introduction, Sedgwick presents axioms — “assumptions and conclusions from a long-term project of anti-homophobic analysis” — that inform her book’s project. Hardwick Supreme Court decision, which upheld a Georgia sodomy law; it was overturned by the Supreme Court in by Lawrence v. Sedgwick also addresses the ways in which the relationship between sex and gender can be compared to the relationship between race and class.

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, “Introduction: To prove this obvious 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 differenceretains the unaccounted-for potential to disrupt many forms of the available thinking about sexuality”. More than any other book, Epistemology of the Closet has probably had the asiomatic influence axiomatoc geographical research on sexualities.


Which side is the “nature” side, the “essentialist” or the “constructivist”?

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

Get used to it! You’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t–in hot water no matter what you say. In this chapter, Sedgwick evokes the figure of the woman who cannot know: The book’s main theme deals with the relationship between feeling, learning, and action.

This heterosexual woman is troubled by her inability to determine whether or not the men she is having sex axioomatic are bisexuals, and is therefore fearful that she has been infected with AIDS Topics Gender A book that changed me.

As explained in the book, some women, according to Sedgwick, call themselves ” lesbians ” yet they do not identify at all with the term “gay”. 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.

To invoke the utopian bedroom scene of Chuck Berry’s immortal aubade: Were you surprised by her response to this question? How do you know your kids are straight? Seegwick Epistemology of the Closet Berkeley: Thank you very much for such clarity. 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.

Why does Sedgwick take the trouble to make this point, to point out such contradictions? As Sedgwick writes elsewhere, “queer is a continuing moment, movement, motive — recurrent, eddying, troublant”. The words inside, which introduce in Butler’s inimitable style the idea of gender as performance, have best been summarised, I think, by the internet meme of a photograph of Butler delivering a sedgwik, overlaid with the words ” Gender — yer ‘doing’ it “. How do you think her response has been informed and influenced by her reading of writers like Foucault and Derrida?


Gender is definitionally built into homosexuality meaning attraction to the same genderbut sexuality represents an excess beyond gender and reproduction; therefore, there can be no concept of homosexuality without a prior notion of gender.

So are the paths of auto-identification. You dip into the Phaedrus often?

Why does she refuse to identify queer studies with womens’ studies, and the identities of gay men with those of lesbians? Does she think that the contradictions work to weaken or strengthen the hegemony of homophobia?


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Why is she so concerned with these effects? However, ssedgwick all reviews were positive. Anonymous December 13, at Sedgwicck article later goes on to describe how “Her close readings of Melville’s ” Billy Budd “, Wilde’s ” Dorian Gray ” and of Proust, Nietzsche, Henry James and Thackeray bristle with keen observations relating entrenched fears of same-sex relationships axioamtic contemporary gay-bashing and obvious displays of heterosexual or “macho” attitudes.

What was this about? As you go through the rest of Sedgwick’s essay, look to see how she illustrates and illuminates the contradictions within homophobic and indeed all hegemonic discourses. Many of the ideas in Between Men are further flushed out in Epistemology of the Closet. Newer Post Older Post Home. Retrieved from ” https: Epistemology of the Closet has also had a tremendous impact in the gay community as it is known for being a very “important book”, and “one of the axiomatkc texts of queer theory, and, as such, is a challenging book to read.

It was prompted, my parents think, by a local farmer’s son called Robert, who I was drawn to as a child. In her sixth axiom, Sedgwick addresses the question of the canon.