New Lesbian Criticism

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The 1990s has seen the growing consolidation of lesbian and gay studies as a key area of cultural theory, particularly in relation to ideas about the construction of subjectivity and identity. Lesbian theory specifically intersects with feminism and sexuality/identity politics to critique both gender and (hetero) sexuality, while developments in lesbian criticism suggest a move towards a new textual practice. This volume explores whether there can be a specific lesbian aesthetic, juxtaposed against reading as a ...
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The 1990s has seen the growing consolidation of lesbian and gay studies as a key area of cultural theory, particularly in relation to ideas about the construction of subjectivity and identity. Lesbian theory specifically intersects with feminism and sexuality/identity politics to critique both gender and (hetero) sexuality, while developments in lesbian criticism suggest a move towards a new textual practice. This volume explores whether there can be a specific lesbian aesthetic, juxtaposed against reading as a 'woman' or as a 'heterosexual'. Contributors both explore the uses of recent theories such as post-structuralism and offer a lesbian critique of such methodologies. Close readings of contemporary lesbian fiction and popular culture focus on works such as Zami, Oranges Are Hot the Only Fruit, The Wanderground and Desert of the Heart, as well as on lesbian pornography. Together the essays point to lesbian culture's ability to create new meanings for itself and to foreground the intertextuality of lesbian identities. This important book, which includes a reassessment of lesbian literary criticism by Bonnie Zimmerman, contributes to a new and growing field of critical theory.
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Sort of a progress report on the work being done in lesbian criticism. Contributors both explore the uses of recent theories such as poststructuralism and offer a lesbian critique of such methodologies. Close readings of contemporary lesbian fiction and popular culture focus on works such as Zamie, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, The Wanderground, and Desert of the Heart, as well as on lesbian pornography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780231080187
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/1992
  • Series: Between Men - between Women Series
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Lesbians Like This and That: Some Notes on Lesbian Criticism for the Nineties 1
2 The Death of the Author and the Resurrection of the Dyke 17
3 'Somewhere over the rainbow...' Postmodernism and the Fiction of Sarah Schulman 33
4 Audre Lorde's Lacquered Layerings: The Lesbian Bar as a Site of Literary Production 51
5 Audre Lorde and the African-American Tradition: When the Family is Not Enough 75
6 The Greyhound Bus Station in the Evolution of Lesbian Popular Culture 95
7 Hell and the Mirror: A Reading of Desert of the Heart 115
8 The Politics of Separatism and Lesbian Utopian Fiction 133
9 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit: Reaching Audiences Other Lesbian Texts Cannot Reach 153
10 Lesbian Pornography: Cultural Trangression and Sexual Demystification 173
Suggestions for Further Reading 193
Notes on Contributors 205
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