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Sappho and the Virgin Mary: Same-Sex Love and the English Literary Imagination
     

Sappho and the Virgin Mary: Same-Sex Love and the English Literary Imagination

by Ruth Vanita
 

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-Her broad definition of the Sapphic allows Vanita to explore such fascinating matters as the ambiguous status of the virgin / celibate, for men as well as women; the Romantics' search for alternative forms of family; the overlaps between Victorian feminism and male homoerotic causes; and the buried connections between Catholicism and homosexuality. She sheds new

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-Her broad definition of the Sapphic allows Vanita to explore such fascinating matters as the ambiguous status of the virgin / celibate, for men as well as women; the Romantics' search for alternative forms of family; the overlaps between Victorian feminism and male homoerotic causes; and the buried connections between Catholicism and homosexuality. She sheds new light on well-known novels like Howards End as well as obscure texts she has resurrected, such as Jane Austen's poem to Anne Lefroy. . . . A delightfully unpredictable book. -Emma Donoghue -Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review -Exposing the unacknowledged 'Protestant bias' that has led thinkers such as Freud, Foucault and Paglia to discount lesbianism, Sappho and the Virgin Mary challenges many of the assumptions regarding modernity and cultural history that currently dominate gay and lesbian studies. Intrepid, sophisticated, and worldly. -Corinne E. Blackmer -coeditor of En Travesti: Women, Gender Subversion, Opera

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ISBN-13:
9780231105514
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Series:
Between Men - between Women Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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