All original to this volume, these evocative essays by such scholars as Robyn Wiegman, Elizabeth Grosz, and Judith Roof examine a realm as yet untouched in literary and cultural criticism and gender theory, a specifically lesbian postmodern.
The essays trace, on the one hand, how some lesbian cultural theory and production foreground a politics of difference and marginality and thereby critique patriarchal and heterosexual hegemony. On the other hand, some essays note how a postmodern aesthetic, with its valorization of difference, sexual plurality, and gender blurring, assists lesbian cultural production.
Among the topics discussed are the shifting definitions of "lesbian" and "postmodern"; the potential "and" danger of this new conceptual territory in theory, literary and visual representation, and popular culture; the lesbian in Hollywood film; actors Jodie Foster and Sandra Bernhard; and works by Jeanette Winterson, Michelle Cliff, and Gloria Anzaldua.
Throughout, contributors address the interrelated questions and issues of class, race, ethnicity, postcolonialism, and commodification.
As an exploration of the relation between the lesbian, conceived within the context of cutting-edge work on gender theory, and postmodernism, a term also requiring critical scrutiny, these essays generate a rich and complex arena for the study of both terms. This collection offers new work of interest to scholars in feminism, postmodernism, critical and gender theory, gay and lesbian studies, popular culture, and literature.
|Introduction: Mapping the Lesbian Postmodern|
|Theorizing the Lesbian Postmodern|
|Racing the Lesbian, Dodging White Critics|
|Lesbians and Lyotard: Legitimation and the Politics of the Name|
|Refiguring Lesbian Desire|
|The Postmodern Lesbian Position: On Our Backs|
|Irigaray's Female Symbolic in the Making of Chicana Lesbian Sitios y Lenguas (Sites and Discourses)|
|Lesbian Bodies in the Age of (Post) Mechanical Reproduction|
|Textual and Performative Strategies|
|Jeanette Winterson's Sexing the Postmodern|
|Inverts and Hybrids: Lesbian Rewritings of Sexual and Racial Identities|
|Almost Blue: Policing Lesbian Desire in Internal Affairs|
|We Girls Can Do Anything, Right Barbie? Lesbian Consumption in Postmodern Circulation|
|F2M: The Making of Female Masculinity|
|The Butch Femme Fatale|
|Sandra Bernhard: Lesbian Postmodern or Modern Postlesbian?|
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Series: European Perspectives
For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 267
Published: 1st March 1994
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55