Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

by Lillian Faderman
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0231074891
ISBN-13:
9780231074896
Pub. Date:
02/21/2012
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
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Overview

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

As Lillian Faderman writes, there are "no constants with regard to lesbianism," except that lesbians prefer women. In this groundbreaking book, she reclaims the history of lesbian life in twentieth-century America, tracing the evolution of lesbian identity and subcultures from early networks to more recent diverse lifestyles. She draws from journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, media accounts, novels, medical literature, pop culture artifacts, and oral histories by lesbians of all ages and backgrounds, uncovering a narrative of uncommon depth and originality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231074896
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Pages: 373
Sales rank: 181,729
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction
1. "The Loves of Women for Each Other": "Romantic Friends" in the Twentieth Century
2. A Worm in the Bud: The Early Sexologists and Love Between Women
3. Lesbian Chic: Experimentation and Repression in the 1920s
4. Wastelands and Oases: The 1930s
5. "Naked Amazons and Queer Damozels": World War II and Its Aftermath
6. The Love that Dares Not Speak Its Name: McCarthyism and Its Legacy
7. Butches, Femmes, and Kikis: Creating Lesbian Subcultures in the 1950s and '60s
8. "Not a Public Relations Movement": Lesbian Revolutions in the 1960s Through '70s
9. Lesbian Nation: Creating a Women-Identified-Women Community in the 1970s
10. Lesbian Sex Wars in the 1980s
11. From Tower of Babel to Community: Lesbian Life in the 1980s
Epilogue: Social Constructions and the Metamorphoses of Love Between Women
Notes
Index

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Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth Century America 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Very impressive history of lesbianism in America. I esp enjoyed chapter 7 (butches and femmes.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*moans a little*