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Are girls necessary? : lesbian writing and modern histories

Author: Julie Abraham
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st University of Minnesota Press edView all editions and formats
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Are Girls Necessary? was an astoundingly great idea, exploring the lesbian in nineteenth and twentieth century lesbian-authored literature, even that which is not as explicit as the lesbian novels that make up the heart of the lesbian literary canon. The subjects of Abraham's examinations are a veritable pantheon of lesbian, bisexual and feminist literary icons: Willa Cather, Mary Renault, Gertrude Stein, Virginia  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julie Abraham
ISBN: 9780816656769 0816656762
OCLC Number: 191898235
Notes: Originally published: New York : Routledge, 1996.
Description: xxiv, 213 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface: 'Are Girls Necessary?' ---
Introduction: 'I Have a Narrative' ----
Part I. 'Tell the Lacadaemonians'. 1. Willa Cather's New World Histories ---
2. Mary Renault's Greek Drama ----
Part II. 'Love Is Writing'. 3. Washington, James, (Toklas), and Stein ---
4. Djuna Barnes, Memory, and Forgetting ---
5. Virginia Woolf and the Sexual Histories of Literature ----
Afterword: 'Reading and the Experiences of Everyday Life'.
Other Titles: Lesbian writing and modern histories
Responsibility: Julie Abraham.
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Are Girls Necessary? was an astoundingly great idea, exploring the lesbian in nineteenth and twentieth century lesbian-authored literature, even that which is not as explicit as the lesbian novels that make up the heart of the lesbian literary canon. The subjects of Abraham's examinations are a veritable pantheon of lesbian, bisexual and feminist literary icons: Willa Cather, Mary Renault, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Djuna Barnes, Alice B. Toklas, et al. Granted certain literary and real-life freedoms due to their race and class, these women were able to forge the vocabulary and themes that would permeate lesbian and feminist literature well past their own lifetimes. Although the lesbian often had to be coded within heterosexual acceptability, it takes only a creative and open mind to find the subversive glimpses these authors coded into their work or left lying in the open for anyone who cared enough to look. An exploration of the means in which these women forged a path for themselves (and those who followed them) within the restraints of their time had great potential.

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