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|ISBN:||068803733X 9780688037338 0688003966 9780688003968 0688133304 9780688133306|
|Awards:||Gay Book Award (American Library Association), 1982|
|Description:||496 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm|
|Contents:||pt. I: The sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. Lesbianism in a phallocentric universe. Lesbianism and the libertines ; What do women do? ; Eighteenth-century fantasy and the lesbian image ; Transvestism : persecution and impunity --
The enshrinement of romantic friendship. The revival of same-sex love : sixteenth and seventeenth centuries ; The "fashion" of romantic friendship in the eighteenth century ; The battle of the sexes ; Romantic friendship in eighteenth-century literature ; Romantic friendship in eighteenth-century life --
pt. 2: The nineteenth century. Loving friends. The asexual woman ; Kindred spirits ; New women ; Boston marriage ; Love and "women who live by their brains" --
The reaction. The rise of antifeminism ; The contributions of the sexologists ; Lesbian exoticism ; Lesbian evil --
pt. III: The twentieth century. Sophistication. The last breath of innocence ; The spread of medical "knowledge" ; Keeping women down ; Fiction as a weapon ; Internalization and rebellion --
When it changed. The rise of lesbian-feminism ; Writing lesbian ; Romantic friendship and lesbian love.
A classic of its kind, this fascinating cultural history draws on everything from private correspondence to pornography to explore five hundred years of friendship and love between women. Surpassing the Love of Men throws a new light on shifting theories of female sexuality and the changing status of women over the centuries.
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