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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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Axiom 1: ‘People are different from one another’ – Selected Tales

Thank you very much for such clarity. I could understand the import of the work. For Sedgwick, the study of sex is not coextensive with the study of gender, as sex is chromosomal and gender is constructed.

She draws distinctions between constructionist feminists who see sex as biological and essential, and gender and gender inequality as culturally constructedradical feminists who axiomatkc chromosomal sex, reproductive relationships, and sexual inequality as culturally constructedand Foucauldians who see chromosomal sex sdgwick biologically essential, sexuality as culturally constructed, and reproduction as both.

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.


Sedgwick also addresses the ways in which the relationship between sex and gender can be compared to the relationship between race and class. According to Sedgwick, they are related but should be mapped evve different axes; Sex and gender, while related, are not coextensive.

The variety of sexuality has some links to gender, in that some sexual preference is gender-related, but there are many more dimensions to sexuality which have nothing to do with gender—power, positions, sexual acts. However, gender is definitionally built sexuality in a way in which race and class do not have an analogue.

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.

Also, the very study of gender often reveals a heterosexist bias, because by setting up gender as a binary it assumes a heterosexual norm.

Sedgwick posits instead constructing a study of homosexuality along the axis of sexuality instead of the axis of gender, so that there would be a much richer analysis and take into account many more dimensions of sexuality other than gender attraction. Sedgwick notes in the preface to Epistemology of the Closet that it was written in light of the Bowers v. Hardwick Supreme Court decision, which upheld a Georgia sodomy law; it was overturned by the Supreme Court in by Lawrence v.

She also notes that it is hard to convey now the emergency of the late s of the AIDS crisis, which Epistemology was also a response to:. The history is important…for understanding some of the tonalities and cognitive structures of Epistemology of the Closet: She acknowledges her Foucauldian influence, specifically in the recognition of the connection between sexuality and knowledge: The following is a brief outline of the text: The study of sexuality is not coextensive with the study of gender; correspondingly, antihomophobic inquiry is not coextensive with feminist inquiry.


Bellatricksy: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick–Epistemology of the Closet ()

People are different from each other. Different from those who would be more open to the idea of liminal sexuality, who feel solidarity through mutual oppression in a heterosexist society, would see more similarities in experience. The immemorial, seemingly ritualized debates on nature versus nurture take place against a very unstable background of tacit assumptions and fantasies about both rve and nature.

The historical search for a Great Paradigm Shift may obscure the present conditions of sexual identity. The relation of gay studies to debates on the literary canon is, and had best be, tortuous. The paths of allo-identification are likely to be strange and recalcitrant.

So are the paths of auto-identification. Posted by Bellatricksy at 7: Anonymous October 28, at 6: Anonymous December 17, at 1: Anonymous April 1, at 1: Anonymous December 13, at Anonymous December 29, at 9: Newer Post Older Post Home.