History Lesbian Literature

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

Lesbian ImagesJane RuleDoubleday & Company1975

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 these and other lesbian writers have portrayed in fiction, biography and autobiography — and in particular how they were influenced by religious and psychological concepts as well as their own personal experience in presenting their lesbian characters. Besides revealing the courage of these women in a hostile environment she examines the negative morality in the minds of some of them and reassesses their ideas from a feminist standpoint.

Table of Contents:

Myth and Morality, Sources of Law and Prejudice
From Sin to Sickness
Radclyffe Hall
Gertrude Stein
Willa Cather
Vita Sackville-West
Ivy Compton-Burnett
Elizabeth Bowen
Violette Leduc
Margaret Anderson
Dorothy Baker
May Sarton
Maureen Duffy
Four Decades of Fiction
Recent Nonfiction