Zero Degree Deviancy: The Lesbian Novel in English

  title={Zero Degree Deviancy: The Lesbian Novel in English},
  author={Catharine R. Stimpson},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  pages={363 - 379}
1. The number of texts about lesbians, by lesbians and nonlesbians, is unclear. There are about twenty-three hundred entries in Gene Damon and Lee Stuart's The Lesbian in Literature: A Bibliography (San Francisco, 1967) and about nineteen hundred entries in the revised edition by Damon, Jan Watson, and Robin Jordan (Reno, Nev., 1975). While this second edition has more nonfiction entries and has been updated, the compilers have also cut over a thousand entries from the first edition because… 

Selected Bibliography of Lesbian Philosophy and Related Works

Daly, Mary with Jane Caputi. 1987. Webster's first new intergalactic wicked~q of the English language. Boston: Beacon Press. Grier, Barbara, ed. 1981. The lesbian in literature. 3d ed. Tallahassee,

Introduction: What Do We Mean by the Phrase “American Gay and Lesbian Literature”?

1 How do we compile an institutional history of the phrase “American Gay and Lesbian Literature” as it developed in the U.S. academy? Although we should be cautious of any conclusive moment of

Judy Grahn and the Lesbian Invocational Elegy: Testimonial and Prophetic Responses to Social Death in "A Woman Is Talking to Death"

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    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
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PT P HE POETRY OF JUDY GRAHN first became widely available in the United States in 1978, when her work of nearly a decade and a half was collected in The Work of a Common Woman: The Collected Poetry

Stephen Gordon Super-Invert: The Sexology of Radclyffe Hall

Partly as a legacy of the new possibilities opened to women during the First World War, Britain in the 1920s experienced what appeared to be a moment of increased sex and gender tolerance.1 Esther


In 1927 when planning for The Waves, Virginia Woolf wrote about her intention to invent "a new kind of play" that resulted in a work praised as an "exemplary high modernist text," "taking to the

"My Heart so Wrapt": Lesbian Disruptions in Eighteenth-Century British Fiction

  • C. Woodward
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    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1993
HE BIBLIOGRAPHIC ENTRY read, "Heroine is an apologist for women's rights," and so I ordered up The Travels and Adventures of Mademoiselle de Richelieu (Erskine 1744, 1:1-2).1 It was summer, and rain

Getting around: Circulation and the rise of the gay and lesbian novel

OF THE DISSERTATION By NATASHA HURLEY Dissertation Director: Michael Warner My dissertation reorients the prevailing understanding that the gay and lesbian novel came into view in response to the

The well of loneliness, or the gospel according to Radclyffe Hall.

The study claims a creative and interventionary power in Hall's use of biblical narratives and tropes, a power traceable in public reception to the novel and in courtroom reactions to the use of spiritual language in a text about lesbianism.

From image to sign : queering the 'lesbian' in Jeanette Winterson's academic reception

 Some literary works are particularly open to and ‘invite’ (Belsey 2005, p. 163) lesbian and queer interpretations. Jeanette Winterson’s work has proved particularly fertile for these

A no-man's-land of sex: Reading Stephen Gordon and “her” critics

ABSTRACT One of the most read novels of lesbian, transgender, and queer criticism, Radclyffe Hall's novel The Well of Loneliness (1928) has given rise to numerous and contradictory interpretations of



The lesbian novel has tended to be, and remains, formally staid, a conventionality that has served both a homosexual and heterosexual audience

  • The lesbian, as she struggles against the hostilities of the larger world, can find comfort in the ease of
  • 1976

Lesbian Nation: The Feminist

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Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle (1973), which during the 1970s replaced The Well of Loneliness as the one lesbian novel someone might have read. In RubyfruitJungle (the title alludes to the female

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