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Lesbians in Academia: Degrees of Freedom

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First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Library Journal
This work follows a popular publishing trend: giving professional lesbians and gay men space to tell their stories about how sexual orientation and the workplace intersect. Mintz and Rothblum's book gives voice to a vibrant, fascinating faculty of various ages, races, and backgrounds who are all lesbian. These women share their compelling stories, bringing to light experiences ranging from the very closeted to those who have been "out" in their jobs since their interviews. Unlike similar books, which tend simply to present the stories at face value, these editors sought out scholars from several disciplines including literature and queer theory to analyze the narratives. Recommended for academic libraries, as well as for large lesbian and gay collections in public libraries.Jerilyn Veldof, Univ. of Arizona Lib., Tucson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135246037
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/31/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 574 KB

Meet the Author

of Vermont. Esther D. Rothblum is Professor of Psychology at the University of Vermont.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Reflections on Being an out Black Lesbian on a Southern Campus 15
2 In, Out, or Somewhere-In-Between 23
3 Coming Out and Coming In: A Kind of Homecoming 31
4 The Silent Partner Finds Her Voice 37
5 Out in the Heartland: Lesbians, Academics, and Iowa 43
6 Living Outside the Center 51
7 Out in the Maine Woods 57
8 Out in Academic Psychiatry 63
9 Becoming a Lesbian in Academia 69
10 Out on a Small Southern Campus 74
11 The Making of a Lesbian Academic, 1974-1995 81
12 Is "Out" Now "In"? A Letter to a First-Year Lesbian Professor 89
13 Double Vision: Lesbian Twins in Academia 95
14 Way Out at Saint Michael's College 100
15 Is it Homophobia, Heterosexism, Sexism, or Can I Pass? 106
16 Creating My Own Security 113
17 Being Out in Academia: A Year of My Life in Enid, America 120
18 Transforming "The Master's Tools": Teaching and Studying Philosophy in Graduate School 126
19 Of African Descent: A Three-fers Story 134
20 This Is the Place 141
21 Skirmishes in the Borderlands of Identity: Lesbians in Women's Studies 147
22 Stray Sheep or Shepherd? "Out" in the Florida Classroom 155
23 Lesbians in Utah: Behind the Zion Curtain 160
24 Beyond Silence: Life as Academics and a Lesbian Couple 165
25 The Perils and Pleasures of Being an Out Lesbian Academic; or Speech from the Scaffold 171
26 Reading, Writing, and Talking to People 180
27 Subversive Education 187
28 Consenting to Relations: The Personal Pleasures of "Power Disparity" in Lesbian Student-Teacher Partnerships 192
29 My, How Times Have Changed... Or Have They?: A Quarter Century as a Lesbian Academic 199
30 Degrees of Freedom 203
31 The Lesbian Experience: An Analysis 210
32 Lesbians, Class, and Academia: Some Thoughts about Class-Based Identity and Difference 221
33 Women of Color, Sexuality, and the Academy: A Few Thoughts 234
34 Steppin' Into and Out of Academia 243
35 Older Women in Academia 250
36 Queer Theory: The Monster That is Destroying Lesbianville 261
37 The Queer Disappearance of Lesbians 269
Contributors 279
Index 289
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