Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

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The first comprehensive biographical, critical, and bibliographical source on lesbian writers, this reference book features essays on 100 contemporary writers of poetry, fiction, and drama in the United States. Many had written as self-identified lesbians at some point during the 1970-1992 period of coverage. Each essay comprises a biography, with personal history often derived from interviews, an analysis of major works and themes, an overview of the critical reception, and bibliographies of primary works and of...

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Overview

The first comprehensive biographical, critical, and bibliographical source on lesbian writers, this reference book features essays on 100 contemporary writers of poetry, fiction, and drama in the United States. Many had written as self-identified lesbians at some point during the 1970-1992 period of coverage. Each essay comprises a biography, with personal history often derived from interviews, an analysis of major works and themes, an overview of the critical reception, and bibliographies of primary works and of critical studies and reviews. The volume introduction, by Tucker P. Farley, situates contemporary lesbian literature in its historical and political contexts. Appendices list publishers of lesbian writers and periodicals featuring lesbian writing. An extensive bibliography provides nonfiction resources focusing on lesbian issues, including works in psychology, sexuality, parenting, health, history, and theory, as well as literature.

A companion to Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook, edited by Emmanuel S. Nelson (Greenwood Press, 1993), this work will be an important addition to college and university libraries supporting gay and lesbian and women's studies programs and literary curricula incorporating this material. It will also be a valuable resource for public and school libraries and collections and specialists in American literature, providing information and analysis for understanding the expanding literary canon.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This sourcebook is one whose proverbial time has come. Lesbian visibility is higher than ever (see the recent New York magazine and Newsweek cover stories in the May 10 and June 21 issues, respectively), and this collection of bio-bibliographies reflects the diversity and strength of the lesbian community. Billed as a companion to Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook ( LJ 1/93), this text stands, in its own right, as a tribute to those lesbian writers who have either gone before or are still writing. It also stands as an incentive for those who are just starting. Each essay states where the author has come from, what she has written, and the critical responses to her writings. These women are indeed pioneers, and they reflect a diverse ethnic, racial, and political background. Many of the essayists are themselves published lesbian or feminist writers. This is recommended for academic and public libraries, women's resource centers, and other special libraries.-- Lee Arnold, Historical Soc . of Penn sylvania, Philadelphia
Zom Zoms
A companion to Greenwood's "Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook", this work profiles 100 contemporary writers of poetry, fiction, and drama. In their preface, the editors discuss some of the questions they had to address in choosing which writers to cover. They decided to include "authors who, at some point during the 1970-1992 period, had written as self-identified lesbians. . . . When we were uncertain about how public any woman was, we contacted her for permission to be included." Thus, as the editors admit, some prominent names "are conspicuously missing. Following the preface is an introduction, "Deconstructing the Absolute--Reality and Difference," by Tucker Pamella Farley, which discusses lesbian literature in the context of Farley's own experience as a writer and teacher. The essays themselves, generally four to eight pages in length, are arranged alphabetically by author's last name, from Donna Allegra to Jacqueline Woodson, and include biographical information (often derived from interviews), an analysis of major works and themes, an overview of critical reception, and bibliographies of primary works and of critical studies and reviews. The contributors are, for the most part, writers and teachers; a number of the contributors are also the subjects of essays, such as Donna Allegra, Dorothy Allison, and Nuala Archer. Like Farley's introduction, many of the essays have a personal tone As the editors state in their preface, there is a "paucity of critical material" on a number of the writers discussed. The bibliographies provided for better-known writers, such as Kate Millett and Adrienne Rich, are fairly extensive, but other writers are represented by only a few citations to reviews Following the essays are appendixes of publishers of lesbian writers and of selected periodicals of interest to readers of lesbian writing. There is also an extensive bibliography of nonfiction materials on various lesbian issues, as well as a list of the contributors and their credentials "Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States" definitely fills "an existing gap in American literary and cultural studies," as the editors intend. Although information on the better-known writers can be found elsewhere, it is useful to have those writers discussed in this context; the editors and contributors have done an admirable job of uncovering information on writers who are less well known. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.
Booknews
This reference features essays on 100 contemporary writers of poetry, fiction, and drama in the US--all of whom wrote as self-identified lesbians at some point during the 1970-1992 period. Each essay comprises a biography, with personal history often derived from interviews, an analysis of major works and themes, an overview of the critical reception, and bibliographies of primary works and of critical studies. The introduction situates contemporary lesbian literature in its historical and political contexts. Includes a general bibliography of nonfiction on lesbian issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313282157
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/1993
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Meet the Author

SANDRA POLLACK is Professor of Humanities and Women's Studies at Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY, where her academic specialties include women writers, lesbian literature, and women and work.

DENISE D. KNIGHT is Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies in English at the State University of New York, Cortland. She is the author of several books, including Writers of the American Renaissance: An A-to-Z Guide (Greenwood, 2003), Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Study of the Short Fiction (1997), and Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (Greenwood, 1997), and coauthor of Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (Greenwood, 1993).

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Donna Allegra

Paula Gunn Allen

Dorothy Allison

Gloria E. Anzaldua

Nuala Archer

June Arnold

Judith Barrington

Terry Baum

Robin Becker

Becky Birtha

Julie Blackwomon

Alice Bloch

Sdiane Adams Bogus

Sandy Boucher

Blanche McCrary Boyd

Maureen Brady

Beth Brant

Olga Broumas

Rita Mae Brown

Pat Califia

Jane Chambers

Chrystos

Cheryl Clarke

Jan Clausen

Michelle Cliff

Clare Coss

Martha Courtot

Doris Davenport

Nancy Dean

Jacqueline de Angelis

Terri de la Pena

Alexis DeVeaux

Rachel Guido DeVries

Sarah Anne Dreher

Elana Dykewomon

Katherine V. Forrest

Suzanne Gardinier

Sally Miller Gearhart

Jewelle L. Gomez

Melinda Goodman

Janice Gould

Camarin Grae

Judy Grahn

Susan Griffin

Rosa (Cuthbert) Guy

Marilyn Hacker

Eloise Klein Healy

Terri L. Jewell

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz

Willyce Kim

Irena Klepfisz

Lola Lai Jong

Jacqueline Lapidus

Joan Larkin

Andrea Freud Loewenstein

Audre Lorde

Lee Lynch

Paula Martinac

Vicki P. McConnell

Judith McDaniel

Isabel Miller

Kate Millett

Valerie Miner

Honor Moore

Cherrie Moraga

Robin Morgan

Eileen Myles

Joan Nestle

Leslea Newman

Elisabeth Nonas

Karen Lee Osborne

Pat Parker

Minnie Bruce Pratt

Margaret Randall

Adrienne Rich

Ruthann Robson

Aleida Rodriguez

Mariana Romo-Carmona

Muriel Rukeyser

Jane Rule

Kate Rushin

Joanna Russ

Barbara Ruth

Canyon Sam

Sapphire

May Sarton

Sarah Schulman

Patricia Roth Schwartz

Sandra Scoppettone

Susan Sherman

Sheila Ortiz Taylor

Nancy Toder

Kitty Tsui

Luz Maria Umpierre-Herrera

Chea Villanueva

Jess Wells

Barbara Wilson

Mary Wings

TerryWolverton

Jacqueline Woodson

Bibliography

Appendices

Index

Notes

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