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

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Columbia University Press, 1991 - History - 373 pages
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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 She draws from journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, media accounts, novels, medical literature, pop culture artifacts, and oral histories by lesbians of all ages and backgrounds, uncovering a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.

 

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great until the super crappy transphobic epilogue. Read full review

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I'm nearly at the end of this book. Overall I've enjoyed it, except for the constant over-simplification of working-class lesbian identities. Faderman suggests several times that, historically ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction l
1
The Early Sexologists and Love
37
Experimentation and Repression in
62
The 1930s
93
World War II
118
Armies of Lovers 120 A GovernmentSponsored
130
Creating Lesbian
159
Lesbian
188
Creating a WomenIdentifiedWomen
215
Lesbian Sex Wars in the 1980s
246
Lesbian Life
271
Social Constructions and the Metamorphoses
303
Notes
309
Index
363
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About the author (1991)

Lillian Faderman is professor emerita of English at California State University, Fresno, and author of the award-winning Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present and Scotch Verdict: Miss Pirie and Miss Woods v. Dame Cumming Gordon. She is also the author of Naked in the Promised Land: A Memoir and To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America -- A History, and coauthor of Gay L. A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, And Lipstick Lesbians.

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