Fried Green Tomatoes and The Color Purple: A case study in lesbian friendship and cultural controversy

  title={Fried Green Tomatoes and The Color Purple: A case study in lesbian friendship and cultural controversy},
  author={Kristen B. Proehl},
  journal={Journal of Lesbian Studies},
  pages={17 - 30}
  • Kristen B. Proehl
  • Published 2 January 2018
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Journal of Lesbian Studies
ABSTRACT Published in the 1980s, Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café and Alice Walker's The Color Purple are lesbian coming-of-age narratives that share a great deal in common in terms of their thematic content, publication histories, and cultural afterlives. In both novels, female friendships are shaped by patriarchal violence and develop in the context of the rural, segregated, early twentieth-century U.S. South. But the two novels also diverge in significant ways, as… 
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