Epistemology of the Closet

ISBN-10: 0520254066
ISBN-13: 9780520254060
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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 acclaimedEpistemology 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.

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwickis Distinguished Professor of English at City University of New York Graduate Center. Her books includeBetween Men, Tendencies, A Dialogue on Love,andTouching Feeling.

Acknowledgments
Credits
Preface to the 2008 Edition
Introduction: Axiomatic
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
Index

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