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Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenthcentury to the Present: Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present By Edited by Lillian Faderman

Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenthcentury to the Present: Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present
by Edited by Lillian Faderman

Explores lesbian sensibility in 20th century fiction. The history of lesbian writing is relatively short and this text seeks to redefine the canon. It includes discussion of such works as Virginia Woolf's "Orlando" and the poetry of Gertrude Stein.

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Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenthcentury to the Present: Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Summary


This text explores lesbian sensibility in 20th century fiction. From the verse of Sappho in 600 BC to Radclyffe Hall's "The Well of Loneliness", published in 1928, there is little women's writing that is recognised as "lesbian". It is short because while romantic friendship between women was an accepted social institution from the Renaissance to the 19th century, and sex between women appears to have been a staple of pornography since the incarnation of that genre, the possibility of seeing oneself as "a lesbian" had to wait until the emergence of English sexologists in the last decades of the 19th century, who defined lesbianism as a social and sexual category. If by "lesbian literature" we mean work in which the subject of lesbianism is the centre, the history is even shorter. Is there a "lesbian sensibility" that can be identified in literature that may not be concerned specifically with lesbian sexuality? Examining works as diverse as Willa Cather's "My Antonia", the poetry of Gertrude Stein, the fiction of Carson McCullers, and the lesbian heroine in the novels of Margaret Atwood, the author seeks to redefine the canon.

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GOR001620130
Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenthcentury to the Present: Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present
Edited by Lillian Faderman
Used - Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1996-03-28
848
0140172483
9780140172485
Winner of Lambda Literary Award for Anthologies (Fiction) 1995
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.