The Penguin book of lesbian short stories
Viking, 1993 - Literary Collections - 429 pages
The anxiety of unresolved desire is present in many stories - Radclyffe Hall's Miss Ogilvy is unable truly to find herself in this world, Djuna and Lillian hold back from each other in Anais Nin's "Cities of the Interior," and the energy and commitment that should go into a loving relationship are stifled by convention in Jane Rule's story of passion outside marriage. But here are brave spirits, too - Renee Vivien's Sarolta and her Prince(ss) live forever in a vision of ideal tenderness, Colette's heroines preserve the sanctity of their little white bed, and Jewelle Gomez's bulldagger society survives far from the haunts of men. There are coming-out stories, stories about cross-dressing, vampire tales, science fiction, parody, and romance.
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And play at butch and femme is exactly what many lesbians did in the 1950s. Ann
Bannon's novels reflect this phenomenon, and their roots in the common
experience of their time were what made her work so important to her readers.
Joan Nestle lived in that lost world before feminism and her tender fictionalized
memories in 'Esther's Story' are embarrassed but proud of the bravery of both
butch and femme, seeing in that style an ironic and politicized resistance to ...
Or maybe Kit wanted to be butch and Lizzy's sympathy galled. Was it butch to ride
flat out and flex your thighs; femme to control the riders, send out for beer for the
lads? Sounded right. Only Kit was tall, strong, loud-mouthed and unemotional.
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