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Passionate Communities : Reading Lesbian Resistance in Jane Rule's Fiction - Marilyn Schuster

Passionate Communities

Reading Lesbian Resistance in Jane Rule's Fiction

Hardcover Published: 1st June 1999
ISBN: 9780814781302
Number Of Pages: 272

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In this new full-length study of Jane Rule's life and work, Marilyn Schuster argues that Rule's novels provide a way of "writing and reading lesbian" that resists and subverts dominant discourses of gender and sexuality-both those of mainstream culture and of political and sexual subcultures.

From her earliest novel, " Desert of the Heart" (1964), Rule's fiction has provided a challenge to the concept of a fixed identity and to the identity politics founded on such a concept. Incorporating all of Jane Rule's early work-including unpublished manuscripts, letters, magazine and newspaper columns, as well as fan mail she received-Schuster also draws on interviews, conversations, and personal encounters with the author to elicit the ways in which Rule interrogates the meanings and politics of sexuality, the relationship between sexuality and language, and the stakes of communities in individual claims on identity.

Passionate Communities is a thorough, engaging, and long-overdue study of an important voice in lesbian literature and gay and lesbian politics.

"Anxiety is the hallmark of contemporary parenting. Today's parents are tormented by fears of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, child abductions, and juvenile drug and alcohol use. In perhaps his most timely and exciting book, Peter N. Stearns explains with wit and humane insight how modern mothers and fathers came to agonize incessantly about children's personality development, school performance, and psychological well-being." -Steven Mintz, University of Houston "Stearns points to a number of contemporary phenomena, each of which he considers an expression of parental anxiety. Steans appears to be particularly sensitive to the upward mobility of kids' grades." -"The New York Review of Books", "The book is more than a synthesis of existing scholarship. It is a compendium of ideas - some personal, mostly scholarly - about the experience of parenting in the United States since the beginning of the twentieth century. The book is imaginative and thought provoking." -"History of Education Quarterly", "A strong, effective, and readable portrayal of how twentieth-century American parents have invested and over-invested in their children. In a fairly short compass, Stearns has demonstrated many of the things that historians have tended to belabor-the role of expertise, why despite their declining numbers, children have become so important socially, the new realm of consumption, how the anxiety about children has become a central matter in twentieth-century culture and even an identifier of American life. Stearns knows what is going on and that children are not a means to express other anxieties, but the very source of many of the anxieties we express." -Paula S. Fass, University of California, Berkeley "In what is his trademark style, Stearns creates an artful synthesis that is both revelatory and captivating. An at times unsettling analysis of parental angst, the book is replete with worthy insights for historians and contemporary parents alike." -"The Journal of American History",

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Sailing to Galiano: Jane Rule at Homep. 1
The Journey: Crossing Overp. 2
Reading Then, Reading Nowp. 6
Reading Queerlyp. 10
This Not Quite Promised Landp. 15
Self-Reflections: Growing Up Midcentury, Middle Class, Middle Childp. 19
Readers and Writers: "Language Is as Primal a Drive as Sex"p. 37
The Politics of Fiction: Barbara Gittings, Resisting Lesbian Readerp. 41
Readers Writingp. 45
Resisting Reasonp. 52
Sexuality and Citizenshipp. 52
Reading Fiction, Doing Historyp. 57
Defining Historiesp. 59
Defining Fictionsp. 65
Defining Theoriesp. 70
Defining Storiesp. 77
The Headmistressp. 78
The Married Womanp. 79
Reading the Stories: A Resisting Lesbian Subjectp. 82
Revising Fictions: Early Experimentsp. 87
"Trapped in the Hope of a Real Articularity"p. 87
Disguising Desire: Not for Myself Exactlyp. 97
Denying Desire: This Is Not for Youp. 104
Unsettling Womenp. 120
Composing Selves: Dueling Narrativesp. 129
"Home Movie": Projecting a Lesbian Subjectp. 129
Desert of the Heart: Resignifying Sexualityp. 137
From Permanent Resident to Desert of the Heartp. 139
Defining Powersp. 147
Ritual Performancesp. 151
Desert Visionsp. 154
Reflections of Powerp. 161
Memory Board: Resignifying Genderp. 165
Brothers and Sonsp. 165
Leave Takingp. 167
Composing Selves: Memory and Personal Historiesp. 172
Construction Sites: Narratives of Houses and Homesp. 184
Going Home (Again)p. 184
Home Invasion: "A Television Drama"p. 189
A House of Language: Against the Seasonp. 193
Under Siege: The Young in One Another's Armsp. 203
Contesting Communitiesp. 215
Parading Differencesp. 215
Mapping Boundariesp. 220
Quarrelsome Communities: Contract with the Worldp. 223
Alone, Together: After the Firep. 238
Conclusion: Redefining the Public Spacep. 255
Works Citedp. 259
Indexp. 265
About the Authorp. 269
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ISBN: 9780814781302
ISBN-10: 0814781306
Series: Cutting Edge
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st June 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52