Lesbian Menace

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Electroshock. Hysterectomy. Lobotomy. These are only three of the many "cures" to which lesbians have been subjected in this century. How does a society develop such a profound aversion to a particular minority? In what ways do images in the popular media perpetuate cultural stereotypes about lesbians, and to what extent have lesbians been able to subvert and revise those images? This book addresses these and other questions by examining how lesbianism has been represented in American popular culture in the ...
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Electroshock. Hysterectomy. Lobotomy. These are only three of the many "cures" to which lesbians have been subjected in this century. How does a society develop such a profound aversion to a particular minority? In what ways do images in the popular media perpetuate cultural stereotypes about lesbians, and to what extent have lesbians been able to subvert and revise those images? This book addresses these and other questions by examining how lesbianism has been represented in American popular culture in the twentieth century and how conflicting ideologies have shaped lesbian experiences and identity.
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Since the 1970s, lesbian images in popular culture have increased steadily. Citing specific literary and cinematic works, these two authors provide criticism and analysis of lesbian identity as it has evolved in the mass media. They also share the view that more exposure is not always better, providing ample evidence that much of the information fed to the public through literature and film is a highly stylized, narrow depiction of lesbian life, produced so as not to upset the heterosexual majority. Hoogland (lesbian studies, Univ. of Nijmegan, Netherlands) offers a detailed analysis of such literary works as Alice Walker's The Color Purple and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar as well as the contemporary Hollywood films Basic Instinct and Bitter Moon. She presents each chapter as a separate essay, blending Freudian psychoanalytic and contemporary feminist theories in her rigorous analysis of these works. Hoogland's writing is dense and academic, clearly targeting queer theorists and other feminist scholars. The Lesbian Menace is a more readable text yet less focused. Inness (English, Miami Univ.) breaks her thesis into three parts: Inventing the Lesbian, Forms of Resistance, and Writing in the Margins. In this fashion, she covers such issues as the perception that women's colleges are "nest[s] of perversity," the image of the lesbian in children's books and popular magazine literature, and the way in which lesbian readers interpret narratives to create a lesbian subtext in such classics as the Nancy Drew mystery series. Hoogland's work belongs in academic queer studies collections, while Inness's would also do well in large public and academic literature collections.Karen Duff, Boston P.L.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781558490901
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/1997
  • Pages: 272
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Who's Afraid of Stephen Gordon?: The Lesbian in the United States Popular Imagination of the 1920s 13
2 "Malevolent, neurotic, and tainted": The Lesbian Menace in Popular Women's College Fiction 33
3 "They're here, they're flouncy, don't worry about them": Depicting Lesbians in Popular Women's Magazines, 1965-1995 52
4 Is Nancy Drew Queer?: Popular Reading Strategies for the Lesbian Reader 79
5 "Candy-coated cyanide": Children's Books and Lesbian Images 101
6 Lost in Space: Queer Geography and the Politics of Location 131
7 To Pass or Not to Pass: Thoughts on Passing and Lesbian Identities 158
8 GI Joes in Barbie Land: Recontextualizing the Meaning of Butch in Twentieth-Century Lesbian Culture 178
Notes 205
Works Cited 225
Index 247
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