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An Analysis of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Epistemology of the Closet





ISBN 9781912453122
Published May 9, 2018 by Macat Library
96 Pages

 
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Book Description

In this book, Sedgwick examines texts from Europe and America such as Wilde, Nietzsche and Proust and considers the historical moment when sexual orientation came to be as important a signifier of personhood as gender had been for centuries. In doing this, Sedgwick provides a history of sexuality that contends that the dualistic homo/heterosexual model is as much a basis for modern culture as it is an outcome of it. Thus, Sedgwick laid the foundations of Queer Theory, contributing to the contemporary debates regarding the relationship between desire and normative structures of power, the question of empirical sexuality, and the intricacies of the relationship between sexuality and gender.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the text 

Who was Eve Sedgwick? 

What does The Epistemology of the Closet Say? 

Why does The Epistemology of the Closet Matter? 

Section 1: Influences 

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context 

Module 2: Academic Context 

Module 3: The Problem 

Module 4: The Author's Contribution 

Section 2: Ideas 

Module 5: Main Ideas 

Module 6: Secondary Ideas 

Module 7: Achievement 

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work 

Section 3: Impact 

Module 9: The First Responses 

Module 10: The Evolving Debate 

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today 

Module 12: Where Next? 

Glossary of Terms 

People Mentioned in the Text 

Works Cited

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Biography

Christien Garcia is a scholar of Visual Culture, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. He recently completed his PhD in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University and is currently a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow.