Lesbian Subjects: A Feminist Studies Reader

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Martha Vicinus
Indiana University Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Social Science - 273 pages
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The growth in cultural studies has brought homosexuality to the center of work on gender and sexuality. The lesbian is now an accepted subject for scrutiny—she exists, but how do we define her history, whom do we include, and when did it begin? Lesbian Subjects includes essays drawn primarily from Feminist Studies from 1980 to 1993 and traces lesbian studies from its beginnings, examining the difficulties of defining a lesbian perspective and a lesbian past—a culture, social milieux, states of mind. The contributors are Susan K. Cahn, Tee A. Corinne, Heather Findlay, Karen V. Hansen, Anne Herrmann, Akasha (Gloria T.) Hull, Elizabeth Meese, Leisa D. Meyer, Lisa Moore, Makeda Silvera, Martha Vicinus, and Elizabeth Wilson.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Explorations
13
Romantic Friendship
21
Mannishness
41
The Regulation of Sexuality and Sexual Behavior
66
Feminist
85
in Contemporary Lesbian Fiction
102
Intermission
117
8
129
Affirmations
137
10
151
11
167
12
178
14
233
Contributors
261
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Women's Almanac
Doris Weatherford
Limited preview - 2002

About the author (1996)

MARTHA VICINUS is Eliza M. Mosher Distinguished University Professor of English, Women's Studies, and History and Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. She is author of The Industrial Muse and Independent Women, and editor Suffer and Be Still and A Widening Sphere.

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