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Making Girls Into Women: American Women's Writing and the Rise of Lesbian Identity (Series Q)

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Making Girls into Women offers an account of the historical emergence of andquot;the lesbianandquot; by looking at late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century women's writing. Kathryn R. Kent proposes that modern lesbian identity in the United States has its roots not just, or even primarily, in sexology and medical literature, but in white, middle-class womenandrsquo;s culture. Kent demonstrates how, as white women's culture shifted more and more from the home to the school, workplace, and boarding house, the boundaries between the public and private spheres began to dissolve. She shows how, within such spaces, women's culture, in attempting to mold girls into proper female citizens, ended up inciting in them other, less normative, desires and identifications, including ones Kent calls andquot;protolesbianandquot; or queer.

Kent not only analyzes how texts represent queer erotics, but also theorizes how texts might produce them in readers. She describes the ways postbellum sentimental literature such as that written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, and Emma D. Kelley eroticizes, reacts against, and even, in its own efforts to shape girlsandrsquo; selves, contributes to the production of queer female identifications and identities. Tracing how these identifications are engaged and critiqued in the early twentieth century, she considers works by Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, Marianne Moore, and Elizabeth Bishop, as well as in the queer subject-forming effects of another modern invention, the Girl Scouts. Making Girls into Women ultimately reveals that modern lesbian identity marks an extension of, rather than a break from, nineteenth-century womenandrsquo;s culture.

Synopsis:

Explores the links between the emergence of lesbian and proto-lesbian identities at the turn of the century and the discourses of sentimentality, mass culture, and modernism.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [313]-344) and index.

About the Author

Kathryn R. Kent is Assistant Professor of English at Williams College.

Table of Contents

"Single white female": the sexual politics of spinsterhood in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Oldtown folks — "Trying all kinds": Louisa May Alcott's pedagogic erotics — "Scouting for girls": reading and recruitment in the early twentieth century — "Excreate a no sense": the erotic currency of Gertrude Stein's Tender buttons — The M multiplying: Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop and the pleasure of influence, part I — Influence and invitation: Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, and the pleasures of influence, part 2.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822330165
Author:
Kent, Kathryn R
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Michele Ainabarale
Author:
Goldberg, Jonathan
Author:
Kent, Kathryn R.
Author:
Mich&egrave
Author:
le Aina Barale
Author:
Moon, Michael
Author:
le Aina
Author:
Kent
Author:
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky
Author:
Barale, Mich&egrave
Location:
Durham
Subject:
General
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Women in literature
Subject:
Lesbians in literature
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Homosexuality and literature
Subject:
Lesbians' writings, American
Subject:
Girls in literature.
Subject:
Sexual orientation in literature.
Subject:
Stein, Gertrude - C
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Series Q
Series Volume:
no 401
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 illus.
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6.13 in

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