Un/Popular Culture: Lesbian Writing After the Sex Wars

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SUNY Press, 1997 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Theorizing lesbian, Kathleen Martindale writes, is like embarking on terra incognita. In this book, Martindale offers her lucidly written analysis as a guide through the complex and provocative terrain of lesbian literary and cultural theory. Using the publication of Adrienne Rich's Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence and the outbreak of the American sex wars as a starting point, Martindale traces the emergence of lesbian postmodernism and how lesbian-feminism changed from a popular to an unpopular culture and from a political vanguard into a cultural neo-avant garde.
 

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Contents

The Making of an Unpopular Culture From Lesbian Feminism to Lesbian Postmodernism
1
Paper Lesbians and Theory Queens
33
Back to the Future with Dykes To Watch Out For and Hothead Paisan
55
Toward a ButchFemme Reading Practice Reading Joan Nestle
77
Sarah Schulman Urban Lesbian Radicals in a Postmodern Mainstream
103
Queerying Pedagogy teaching the Unpopular Cultures
137
Notes
161
Bibliography
195
Index
213
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Kathleen Martindale was co-founder and editor of the Canadian Journal of Feminist Ethics, which was subsequently named Feminist Ethics.

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