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Lesbian Empire: Radical Crosswriting in the Twenties

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Gay Wachman provides a critical new reading of sexually radical fiction by British women in the years during and after the First World War. She examines work by Sylvia Townsend Warner, Virginia Woolf, and Radclyffe Hall, along with the less well known Clemence Dane, Rose Allatini, and Evadne Price. These writers, she states, created a modernist literary tradition — one that functioned both within and against the repressive ideology of the British Empire.<P>Wachman places at the center of this alternative tradition Sylvia Warner's achievement in undermining the inhibitions that faced women writing about forbidden lesbian love. She discusses Warner's use of crosswriting — the transposing of "unrepresentable" lesbian lives into narratives about gay men — as a means of transgressing borders of race, class, and gender. In lively, engaging prose, the author then connects Warner's oppositional feminist politics and literary practice to the work of other writers who struggled against imperialist sexual ideology. Whether following Dane's reflection of this compulsory repression in Regiment of Women through to its subversion in Warner's The True Heart, or in discussing explorations of the closet by Allatini, Woolf, and Warner, Wachman demonstrates how these women challenged the codes of expression on which imperialist patriarchy and capitalism depended, and worked to undermine the barriers of its bigotry.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-225) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813529424
Author:
Wachman, Gay
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Location:
New Brunswick, N.J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
English fiction
Subject:
Lesbians in literature
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Gay & Lesbian
Subject:
Homosexuality and literature
Subject:
Feminism and literature
Subject:
Radicalism in literature.
Subject:
Lesbianism in literature.
Subject:
Lesbians' writings, English.
Subject:
Women and literature -- Great Britain.
Subject:
English fiction -- Women authors.
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
104-4.
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.968 oz

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