Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present

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Lillian Faderman
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1995 - Fiction - 810 pages
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In 'Chloe Plus Olivia' Lillian Faderman seeks no less than to radically redefine four centuries of lesbian literature, filling a need that has long been neglected; a literary anthology of lesbian writers over the past four centuries, with each piece set in historical and literary context. This landmark work of scholarship offers an enlightening review of the shifting concept of 'lesbian literature,' followed by examples of six different genres; Romantic Friendship, Sexual Inversion, Exotic and Evil Lesbians, Lesbian Encoding, Lesbian Feminism, and Post-Lesbian Feminism. Faderman examines works as diverse as Willa Cather's My Antonia and Virginia Woolf's Orlando; poetry by Gertrude Stein and Amy Lowell; fiction by Carson McCullers, Helen Hull, and Alice Walker. In addition, Chloe Plus Olivia contains writing by men who focused on women's relationships. These writings are included in the early section of the book and were, in various ways, important to the development of lesbian literature, since men were far more likely than women to achieve publication in other centuries. It would be impossible to identify a single 'great tradition' of lesbian writing, since it is in constant metamorphosis, reflecting changing social attitudes and women's voices. Chloe Plus Olivia, with its historical scope enhanced by Faderman's own personal search for a definition of lesbian literature, makes this the first book of its kind; it is certain to become the point of reference from which all subsequent studies of lesbian literature will begin.

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Review: Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the 17th Century to the Present

User Review  - Miranda - Goodreads

This collection has something for everyone. I found new gems such as Amy Lowell who, like Gertrude Stein, was writing in a time when it was wisest to obfuscate. I get great pleasure out of imagining ... Read full review

Review: Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the 17th Century to the Present

User Review  - Maren - Goodreads

everything is in this book. i love it and keep it on the shelf next to my bed. Read full review

About the author (1995)

Lillian Faderman is the award-winning author of numerous books on lesbian/gay history, including "Surpassing the Love of Men" and "Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers", which were both named "New York Times Notable Books of the Year". Her most recent book, "Naked in the Promised Land", received a Judy Grahn Award for nonfiction and a Lambda Literary Award for memoir. Stuart Timmons is the author of "The Trouble with Harry Hay", which was a Book of the Month Club selection.

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