Epistemology of the Closet

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University of California Press, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 258 pages
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What is at stake in male homo/heterosexual definition? Through readings of Melville, Nietzsche, Wilde, James and Proust, the author argues that the vexed imperatives to specify straight and gay identities have become central to every important form of knowledge of the 20th century.
  

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User Review  - Bryoniadioica - Goodreads

Classic text in queer theory. A little outdated now, even at the time I first used it, but basis for much later building in the field. Read full review

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User Review  - Hannah - Goodreads

Very, very interesting read. Quite dense--a background in philosophy would be helpful. Read full review

Contents

Epistemology of the Closet
67
Some Binarisms
91
Wilde Nietzsche and the Sentimental Relations
131
The Beast in the Closet
182
Proust and the Spectacle of the Closet 2 13
213
Index 253
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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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