Fragile Union: New and Selected Writings

Fragile Union: New and Selected Writings

by Joan Nestle
     
 


A Fragile Union is the long-awaited collection from feminist historian Joan Nestle. Nestle explores the “fragile unions” of contemporary lesbian life, both personal and historic.See more details below

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A Fragile Union is the long-awaited collection from feminist historian Joan Nestle. Nestle explores the “fragile unions” of contemporary lesbian life, both personal and historic.

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Poignant and vigorousnand some sexually explicitnessays on both personal history and the "herstory" of the lesbian community in America. In her introduction, Nestle (co-editor, Sister and Brother, 1994) describes herself as a "fifty-eight-year-old white Jewish fem lesbian woman with cancer living in New York City in the United States of America at the end of the twentieth century." This collection comprises reflections on those particulars, ranging from commentary on her working-class mother's eloquent journals through the history of lesbianism as it began to accumulate in the Lesbian Herstory Archives (now housed in a Brooklyn townhouse), which Nestle founded. Included are chapters on Nestle's plunge into 1960s political activismnmarching and demonstrating against nuclear arms and communist-baiters while keeping her sexual preferences secret from her socialist comrades. Beginning in that decade, however, lesbianism began to come out of the closet and the basement bars (Nestle recalls the latter somewhat fondly). In "The Politics of Thinking," however, the author reveals her concern that in the 1990s, not only has "religious moral fervor" dampened free discussion of sexuality, but so have certain kinds of political correctness within the gay community, where anti-pornography factions had developed strength. Many of the stories that Nestle wrote then were descriptive tales of lesbian love affairs, and she found herself wondering whether those stories had "hurt lesbian women," as the anti-pornographers suggested. The author also raises questions about the meaning of gender and about the devaluation of the feminine. In the section titled "A Gift of Touch" are some detailed reminiscences oferotic encounters with loversnas well as reflections on coming to terms with cancer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573440400
Publisher:
Cleis Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Blanche Wiesen Cook
Joan Nestle represents, for each of us, courage, intelligence, beauty, a sense of conviction, and humility. She has revolutionized history.
Adrienne Rich
Joan Nestle's work has always embodied a very large vision. This vibrant new collection burns with the generosity and courage of her spirit, the beauty of her writing -- on both pleasure and pain -- and the distinction of her critical intelligence. One the eve of the 21st century, A Fragile Union is a powerful, tensile span between past and future.

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