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Chloe Plus Olivia : Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present - Lillian Faderman

Chloe Plus Olivia

Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present

By: Lillian Faderman (Editor)

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This is a literary anthology with each piece set in an historical and literary context that seeks to redefine four centuries of lesbian writing. From the verse of Sappho in 600BC to Radclyffe Hall's "The Well of Loneliness" published in 1928, there is little women's writing that is recognised as "lesbian". A review of the shifting concept of "lesbian literature" is offered, followed by examples of six different genres - Romantic Friendship, Sexual Inversion, Exotic Inversion, Exotic and Evil Lesbians, Lesbian Encoding, Lesbian Feminism and Post-Lesbian Feminism. Works as diverse as Willa Cather's "My Antonia" and Virginia Woolf's "Orlando", poetry by Gertrude Stein and Amy Lowell, fiction by Carson McCullers, Helen Hulll and Alice Walker are examined here. In addition, writing by men who focused on women's relationship is included. This is Faderman's own personal search for a definition of lesbian literature.

To lead off her anthology of lesbian literature, Faderman (English and Lesbian Studies/California State Univ., Fresno; Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, not reviewed, etc.) has chosen...Montaigne. He's followed immediately by Rousseau and William Cullen Bryant in a brief first section called "Men's Writing on Romantic Friendship." Later, Freud makes an appearance under "Men's Writing on a Man Trapped in a Woman's Body." These short but thoughtful extracts provide cultural context for a generous collection that seeks to identify a lesbian literary sensibility. The selections - from 16th-century poet Katherine Fowler Philips to modern writers like Jeannette Winterson, Rita Mae Brown, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lord, and others - are arranged in themed sections, e.g., "Carnivorous Flowers: The Literature of Exotic and Evil Lesbians" and "In the Closet: The Literature of Lesbian Encoding." (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780670846382
ISBN-10: 0670846384
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 848
Published: 28th July 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 6.99
Weight (kg): 1.27