A Wall on the Lesbian Continuum: Polysemy and Fried Green Tomatoes

  title={A Wall on the Lesbian Continuum: Polysemy and Fried Green Tomatoes},
  author={Naomi R. Rockler},
  journal={Women's Studies in Communication},
  pages={106 - 90}
The film Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) uses a type of polysemy, strategic ambiguity, to transform a lesbian relationship from the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe to a sexually ambiguous relationship. Through textual and audience analysis, I demonstrate that audience members are unlikely to interpret the relationship as a lesbian relationship unless they define lesbianism as identity as opposed to merely as sexual behavior. Although the film illustrates the power of woman… 
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