author={Susan Gubar},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={43 - 62}
  • S. Gubar
  • Published 1 October 1984
  • Political Science
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
] called you ]filled your mouth with plenty ] girls, fine gifts ] lovesong, the keen-toned harp ] an old woman's flesh ] hair that used to be black ] knees will not hold ] stand like dappled fawns ] but what could I do? ] no longer able to begin again ] rosy armed Dawn ] bearing to the ends of the earth ] nevertheless seized ] the cherished wife ] withering is common to all ] may that girl come and be my lover I have loved all graceful things [ ] and this Eros has given me, beauty and the light… 
“'Queer devils' and 'beastly indulgences': Mary Butts's Unborn Gods”
Mary Butts’s first novel, Unborn Gods, was drafted during the first two years of WWI, seemingly completed in 1916, and then extensively revised in 1925 but was never published during her lifetime.
Genre and the Mark of Gender: Renée Vivien's 'Sonnet féminin
At the turn of the century, a young aspiring poet named Pauline Tarn (1877-1909) left her native England to live in Paris where she fell in love with a woman, changed her name to Renbe Vivien,
Is lesbian identity obsolete?
This special issue asked the question “Is lesbian identity obsolete?” in order to think through what has changed about lesbian identities and their articulations in the face of recent developments—from the rise of transphobia in the name of feminism to increased income inequality and gentrification and the accompanying loss of community spaces.
The Afterlife of Sappho's Afterlife
This article explores an important aspect of the constellation of elements that contribute to the construction of the image of ‘Sappho’ from antiquity to the twentieth century, that of Sappho's
Michael Field’s "Long ago" (1889) as a paradigm of intertextual theory: from strangeness to metaxology
In this essay, I seek to tackle the question of how Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper articulate their intimate dialogue with Sappho’s poetry in their first volume of poetry, Long Ago (1889),
The Sexual Psychology of Decadence
Renee Vivien and The Ladies of the Lake
This study examines the figures of Ophelia and the Arthurian Vivien in the poetry of the fin-de-siècle lesbian poet, Pauline Tarn, who wrote in French under the name Renée Vivien (1877-1909). Often
"Certain Places Have Different Energy": Spatial Transformations in Eresos, Lesvos
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  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1985
Abel, Elizabeth, "The Daughter's Seduction: Feminism and Psychoanalysis by Jane Gallop; Freud on Femininity and Faith by Judith Van Herik: Book Review," vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 152-56 Abu-Lughod, Lila,


Aristotle's Sister: A Poetics of Abandonment
The silence of Shakespeare's sister, described so vividly by Virginia Woolf, has left a vast black hole in the canon of poets. But what words can express the silence of Aristotle's sister? To begin
Sappho's Reply
  • 1981
Poem out of Childhood
  • The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser
  • 1982
Harper & Row, 1965), p. 30; Carolyn Kizer
  • Psyche
  • 1973
My Sisters, O My Sisters
  • Selected Poems of May Sarton
  • 1972
Amy Lowell defended H. D.'s poetry, which she also published in three imagist anthologies. See poems like "A Decade" and "Opal
  • esp. 229. 61. In Tendencies in Modern American Poetry
  • 1917
A Meeting of the Sapphic Daughters
  • Sinister Wisdom 9
  • 1979
invokes "a peep of No-Doubting Sappho, blinked from the Stews of Secret Greek Broth, and some Rennet of Lesbos
  • 1972
Ode to Aphrodite
  • 1980