Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the 17th Century to the Present

Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the 17th Century to the PresentThis anthology is thorough, though not always entertaining Academically it s an excellent collection the contents are in chronological order and split into sections named by the general type of representation in literature predominate for lesbians in each period covered You can really see the spectrum and evolution of how lesbians and queer characters were viewed in different eras of literature But as far as merely wanting to read early lesbian themed literature there s certainly a lot of it in this book, and if you re reading it merely for informative purposes or historical context, this is perfect However, if you re looking for romance, happy endings, positive or at least neural images of queer characters and women in relationships with other women I would honestly suggest trying a modern anthology instead From reading this anthology, it seems early queer literature was about demonizing, diagnosing, or in some other way attempting to explain lesbians and bisexuals rather than really representing them And that includes some things written by lesbians and bisexuals themselves It s only positive if in reading it you can hold onto the thought that, well, at least we ve come a long way. Willing to lend this one out if you are asked to select a reading for a lesbian wedding, but you have to give it back because it was a gift This collection has something for everyone I found new gems such as Amy Lowell who, like Gertrude Stein, was writing in a time when it was wisest to obfuscate I get great pleasure out of imagining certain of Amy Lowell s contemporaries reading The Weather Cock Points South and sayin oh that s just lovely, I love flowers too. I enjoyed the organization and scope of this anthology The book is split up into themes based on the way lesbianism and bisexuality was being represented in writing at the time romantic friendship, a man trapped in a woman s body, exotic and evil lesbians, etc A brief biographical sketch precedes each excerpt by a female writer, giving historical and personal context to the pieces.Not all of the writing is gripping, but overall it s a good review of the evolution of lesbian writing, and a great insight into the lives of lesbian and bisexual authors. Well written anthology. bought this at the Quatrefoil Library in St Paul everything is in this book i love it and keep it on the shelf next to my bed. a must have if you read lesbian writing great reference material. In Chloe Plus Olivia Lillian Faderman Seeks No Less Than To Radically Redefine Four Centuries Of Lesbian Literature, Filling A Need That Has Long Been Neglected A Literary Anthology Of Lesbian Writers Over The Past Four Centuries, With Each Piece Set In Historical And Literary Context This Landmark Work Of Scholarship Offers An Enlightening Review Of The Shifting Concept Of Lesbian Literature, Followed By Examples Of Six Different Genres Romantic Friendship, Sexual Inversion, Exotic And Evil Lesbians, Lesbian Encoding, Lesbian Feminism, And Post Lesbian FeminismFaderman Examines 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 Hull, And Alice Walker In Addition, Chloe Plus Olivia Contains Writing By Men Who Focused On Women S Relationships These Writings Are Included In The Early Section Of The Book And Were, In Various Ways, Important To The Development Of Lesbian Literature, Since Men Were Far Likely Than Women To Achieve Publication In Other CenturiesIt Would Be Impossible To Identify A Single Great Tradition Of Lesbian Writing, Since It Is In Constant Metamorphosis, Reflecting Changing Social Attitudes And Women S Voices Chloe Plus Olivia, With Its Historical Scope Enhanced By Faderman S Own Personal Search For A Definition Of Lesbian Literature, Makes This The First Book Of Its Kind It Is Certain To Become The Point Of Reference From Which All Subsequent Studies Of Lesbian Literature Will Begin

Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature Among her many honors are six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship She is the author of The Gay Revolution and the New York Times Notable Books, Surpassing the Love of Men and Odd Girls

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  • Paperback
  • 848 pages
  • Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the 17th Century to the Present
  • Lillian Faderman
  • English
  • 06 June 2017
  • 9780140172485

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