Heroic Desire: Lesbian Identity and Cultural Space
"Lesbians are adept at constructing survival strategies. Our being in this world exacts a cost, and our identities mutate to incorporate and resist that cost. The reality of our world is our relentless demand for presence, an occupation of space which we have colonized for ourselves, in the name of a configuration of desires we call 'lesbian', -- the more reflective we can become about these tactics, the more powerful is our rhetoric of existence".
This book is concerned with the ways contemporary lesbians have taken up imaginative and material space. It describes the mechanics of presence, how modern lesbians have produced a discursive space which offers a refutation to the closet. Identities are produced, expressed, and authenticated by and through space. Understanding "real" and metaphorical spatial structures helps us to discover new sites of presence and resistance. Some famous spaces, such as New York, Paris, and Berlin, have been constitutive of modern gay and lesbian identities. Social spaces teach us something about the relations of domination and subordination around us, and we have seen recently in that struggle "to be", a growing politics of location and locatedness.
Space is also taken imaginatively. Our narratives, which have become moral and political handbooks, provide role models for building and consolidating identities and communities. By processes of interpretation, drawing from literary and cultural theory, the author displays ways in
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... in Love (1989).46 In this brief outline of the flaneur I have tried to gesture to
both the textual history of the form and its echo in the narratives of lived identities.
As a cultural form its status as 'myth' as opposed to 'lived experience' is
I have spelled out the necessity for utopian models and described the motivating
relationship between icons and lived identities. Now, I wish to examine lesbian
identity expressed as a form of nationalism. Lesbian citizenship is located in ...
Bhabha talks about the locality of culture, something which is lived in the
specificities and corporealities of individuals' lives. It is important to stress the
tangibility, perhaps even the nearness, of these theorizations, in the fact that they
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