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Essays Lesbian Literature

Sexual Practice, Textual Theory: Lesbian Cultural Criticism

Sexual Practice, TextualTheory: Lesbian CulturalCriticism Susan J. Wolfe,Julia Penelope (eds) Blackwell 1993 This powerful and empowering anthology marks the coming of age of lesbian criticism and theory – the energizing spirit behind much of the most exciting feminist writing today, and a vital force within cultural and textual studies more generally. Gathering together lesbian writers…

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Lesbian Literature

The Safe Sea of Women: Lesbian Fiction 1969-1989

The Safe Sea of Women:Lesbian Fiction 1969-1989 Bonnie Zimmerman Beacon Press 1990 From the Preface: The Safe Sea of Women is an overview of the lesbian fiction published primarily by alternative feminist presses in the 1970s and 1980s. I attempt to read this fiction as the collective voice of what we loosely call “the lesbian…

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Lesbian Philosophy

Lesbian Philosophy: Explorations

Lesbian Philosophy: Explorations Jeffner Allen Institute of Lesbian Studies 1986 From the Preface: Lesbian Philosophy evokes the intensity of lesbian passions, which jolt the patriarchal order. My desire to know the worlds of my experience breaks with their more than two thousand year absence in Western philosophy. In the sensuous ambience of a new exuberance,…

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History Lesbian Literature

Lesbian Images: Gertrude Stein, Colette, Willa Cather, Elizabeth Bowen, and others

Lesbian Images Jane Rule Doubleday & Company 1975 Believing that love is best described in a work of art, Jane Rule has chosen for this study of lesbianism the work of brilliantly articulate lesbian writers such as Gertrude Stein, Colette, Vita Sachville West and Willa Cather. Her concern is to discover what images of lesbians…

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Lesbian Poetry

They Will Know Me By My Teeth: Stories and Poems of Lesbian Struggle, Celebration, And Survival

They Will Know Me By My Teeth Elana Dykewoman Megaera Press 1976 They Will Know Me By My Teeth is Elana Dykewoman’s (also spelled Dykewomon) second published book. It is a remarkable piece of feminist publishing as it draws direct attention to the printing process. Written on the back cover, it is stated that the book…

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Identity Politics Lesbian Political Lesbianism Pornography

Identity Politics: Lesbian Feminism and the Limits of Community

Identity Politics: Lesbian Feminism and the Limits of Community Shane Phelan Temple University Press 1989 In tracing how lesbian feminism came to be defined in uneasy relationships with the Women’s Movement and gay rights groups, Shane Phelan explores the tension between liberal ideals of individual rights and tolerance and communitarian ideals of solidarity. The debate…

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Lesbian Poetry Scottish

Hens in the Hay

Hens in the Hay Chris Cherry, Ellen Galford, Joy Pitman, Lorna Mitchell, Stephanie Markman Stramullion 1980 The first ever book published by Stramullion: a Scottish-based feminist publishing collective. From the introduction: “We were scared about publishing these poems. There was a terrible feeling of self-exposure, of lack of confidence. So why did we bother? We…

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Conflict Lesbian Political Lesbianism

Love Your Enemy? The Debate Between Heterosexual Feminism and Political Lesbianism

Love Your Enemy? The Debate Between Heterosexual Feminism and PoliticalLesbianism Various Onlywomen Press 1981 From the introduction: “We are publishing this pamphlet because we think the discussion among feminists about political lesbianism is important. The Leeds Revolutionary Feminists paper was originally written as a conference paper and then published in WIRES, the internal national newsletter…

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Lesbian Poetry

Ripening: An Almanac of Lesbian Lore and Vision

Ripening: An Almanac of Lesbian Loreand Vision Lee Lanning, Vernette Hart Iowa City Women’s Press 1981 The Almanac of Lesbian Lore and Vision book includes Ripening: An Almanac of Lesbian Lore and Vision (Volume One), Dreaming: An Almanac of Lesbian Lore and Vision (Volume Two), and Awakening: An Almanac of Lesbian Lore & Vision (Volume…