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Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America (Between Men--Between Women)

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Lillian Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today's diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life.

"A key work...the point of reference from which all subsequent studies of 20th-century lesbian life in the United States will begin."—San Francisco Examiner.

Synopsis:

Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today's diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life. 16 pages of photos. "Engaging . . . compelling . . . poignant and moving . . ".--The Los Angeles Times Book Review.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-361) and index.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. "The Loves of Women for Each Other": "Romantic Friends" in the Twentieth Century

The Educated "Spinster"

The Metamorphosis of Romantic Friendship

"Poets and Lovers Evermore"

Lesbian Sex Between "Devoted Companions"

2. A Worm in the Bud: The Early Sexologists and Love Between Women

Sexual Inversion and "Masculine" or Transvestite Women

Feminists as Sexual Freaks

The Attack on "Romantic Friendship"

The Dissemination of Knowledge Through Fiction

Why Some Lesbians Accepted the Congenital Invert Theory

3. Lesbian Chic: Experimentation and Repression in the 1920s

The Roots of Bisexual Experimentation

White "Slumming" in Harlem

Black Lesbians in Harlem

A Note on Working-Class Lesbian Communities Elsewhere in America

Lesbians in Bohemia

The Heterosexual Revolution and the Lesbian in the Woodpile

4. Wastelands and Oases: The 1930s

Kinder, Küche, Kirche and the "Bisexual" Compromise

The View from the Outside

"In the Life"

Lesbian Sex in the 1930s

5. "Naked Amazons and Queer Damozels": World War II and Its Aftermath

Armies of Lovers

A "Government-Sponsored" Subculture

The Heyday of the Lesbian "Sicko"

Curing Lesbians on the Couch

6. The Love that Dares Not Speak Its Name: McCarthyism and Its Legacy

"Are You or Have You Even Been a Member of a Lesbian Relationship?"

War in the Cold War Years: The Military Witch-Hunts

A Sad Legacy

7. Butches, Femmes, and Kikis: Creating Lesbian Subcultures in the 1950s and '60s

Working-Class and Young Lesbians: The Gay Bars

Working-Class and Young Lesbians: Butch/Femme Roles

"Kiki" Lesbians: The Upper and Middle Classes and Subculture Clashes

8. "Not a Public Relations Movement": Lesbian Revolutions in the 1960s Through '70s

The Gay Revolution: Quiet Beginnings

The Gay Revolution: Explosion

Love Between Women in a New Light

The Lesbian-Feminist Revolution

Splits, Coalitions, and Resolutions

9. Lesbian Nation: Creating a Women-Identified-Women Community in the 1970s

Blueprints for a Lesbian-Feminist Culture

Culture-Building: The Media

Taking Care of Our Own: Body and Soul

Being "Politically Correct"

Factions and Battles

10. Lesbian Sex Wars in the 1980s

Lesbian Sex and the Cultural Feminists

The Struggle to Be Sexually Adventurous

The Attraction of "Opposites"

11. From Tower of Babel to Community: Lesbian Life in the 1980s

The Shift to Moderation

Validation of Diversity

Unity

A Note on the '90s: Queer Nation?

Epilogue: Social Constructions and the Metamorphoses of Love Between Women

Notes

Index

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Leslie Joseph, September 6, 2006 (view all comments by Leslie Joseph)
Part history book, part popular culture chronicle of decades of lesbian life, this book provides excellent information in an entertaining vehicle. A great read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140171228
Subtitle:
A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America
Other:
Faderman, Lillian
Author:
Faderman, Lillian
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Minority group studies
Subject:
Lesbianism
Subject:
Lesbians -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Lesbians -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Lesbianism -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Between men--between women
Series Volume:
no. 90-119
Publication Date:
19920601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.44x5.55x.75 in. .73 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today's diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life. 16 pages of photos. "Engaging . . . compelling . . . poignant and moving . . ".--The Los Angeles Times Book Review.

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