"Spoiled Identity": Stephen Gordon's Loneliness and the Difficulties of Queer History

@article{Love2001SpoiledIS,
  title={"Spoiled Identity": Stephen Gordon's Loneliness and the Difficulties of Queer History},
  author={Heather K. Love},
  journal={GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies},
  year={2001},
  volume={7},
  pages={487 - 519}
}
  • Heather K. Love
  • Published 2001
  • Sociology
  • GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies
Those who are failures from the start, downtrodden, crushed—it is they, the weakest, who must undermine life among men.”1 Nietzsche’s diatribe against the “born failure” in The Genealogy of Morals anticipates a common reaction to the heroine of Radclyffe Hall’s 1928 novel The Well of Loneliness. A few months after the novel’s obscenity trial, a verse lampoon titled The Sink of Solitude appeared, mocking the fate of “pathetic post-war lesbians.”2 The following year Janet Flanner, writing more… Expand

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