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  - 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

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
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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