Identity Poetics: Race, Class, and the Lesbian-Feminist Roots of Queer Theory

Identity Poetics: Race, Class, and the Lesbian-Feminist Roots of Queer Theory

by Linda Garber
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231110332

ISBN-13: 2900231110333

Pub. Date: 10/10/2001

Publisher: Columbia University Press

"Queer theory," asserts Linda Garber, "alternately buries and vilifies lesbian feminism, missing its valuable insights and ignoring its rich contributions." Rejecting the either/or choice between lesbianism and queer theory, she favors an inclusive approach that defies current factionalism. In an eloquent challenge to the privileging of queer theory in

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"Queer theory," asserts Linda Garber, "alternately buries and vilifies lesbian feminism, missing its valuable insights and ignoring its rich contributions." Rejecting the either/or choice between lesbianism and queer theory, she favors an inclusive approach that defies current factionalism. In an eloquent challenge to the privileging of queer theory in the academy, Garber calls for recognition of the historical -and intellectually significant -role of lesbian poets as theorists of lesbian identity and activism.The connections, Garber shows, are most clearly seen when looking at the pivotal work of working-class lesbians/lesbians of color whose articulations of multiple, simultaneous identity positions and activist politics both belong to lesbian feminism and presage queer theory. Identity Poetics includes a critical overview of recent historical writing about the women´s and lesbian-feminist movements of the 1970s; discussions of the works of Judy Grahn, Pat Parker, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and Gloria Anzaldúa; and, finally, a chapter on the rise and hegemony of queer theory within lesbigay studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900231110333
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/10/2001
Series:
Between Men~Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Race, Class, and Generations1
Chapter 1The Social Construction of Lesbian Feminism10
Chapter 2Putting the Word Dyke on the Map: Judy Grahn31
Chapter 3"I Have a Dream Too": Pat Parker63
Chapter 4"High Over the Halfway Between Your World and Mine": Audre Lorde97
Chapter 5An Uncommonly Queer Reading: Adrienne Rich127
Chapter 6"Caught in the Crossfire Between Camps": Gloria Anzaldua147
Chapter 7Around 1991: The Rise of Queer Theory and the Lesbian Intertext176
Afterward, the Dy[subscript 2]ke March: June 24, 2000, San Francisco209
Notes211
Works Cited225
Index249

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