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Sedgwick's literary analysis, while provocative and often startling (you will never read Billy Budd or The Picture of Dorian Gray the same way again), is simply the basis for a larger project of examining and analyzing how the categories of "homosexual" and "heterosexual" continue to shape almost all aspects of contemporary thought. Epistemology of the Closet is a sometimes-dense work, but one filled with wit and empathy. Sedgwick writes with great intelligence and an eye for irony, but always makes clear that her theories and critical acumen are in the service of a politic that seeks to make the world a better and more humane place for everyone. An extraordinary book that reshapes how we think about literature, sexuality, and everyday life. --Michael Bronski
I have a degree in English/Creative Writing and still found it difficult to read. Her message is nearly unintelligible, obscured by rhetoric, as illustrated by the following... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jeffrey Dieter
The quality of the book was very nice and the book itself, its cover and its content, was exactly what I thought I was getting. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jane Suh
Sedgwick's style may be ornate and sometimes difficult, but potential readers should be aware the the introduction to the book is a model of clarity. Read morePublished on March 19, 2012 by FrenchText
I had taken this book out of the library so many times, I finally decided that it was time to buy it, and I'm so glad I did! Read morePublished on April 19, 2010 by Nicol Hammond
The August 11, 1999 "a reader" comments about Sedgwick's prose is especially valuable. The tendency to "abuse" language, in J. L. Read morePublished on July 20, 2006 by D. S. Heersink
Ugh, a tough, tough book to read. I found myself really bogged down by this book and looked more forward just to getting through it than actually getting anything out of it. Read morePublished on May 9, 2006 by eclectic reader
According to the writer Avital Ronell, in his youth Kant wanted to be a poet. Fortunately for us, perhaps, he turned to philosophy instead. Read morePublished on May 11, 2003 by David Velasco
Long long ago, when I was a young faglet wandering the halls of my college pursuing truth, beauty, and a lang & lit degree, I ended up in a class with Professor Peters, my... Read morePublished on July 26, 2000
Sedgwick reduces every piece of Literature to a ridiculous and illogical conclusion. She'd probably say this review was a "masturbatory fanasty brought on by delusions of... Read morePublished on May 19, 1999