CHLOE PLUS OLIVIA: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present by Lillian -- Ed. Faderman

CHLOE PLUS OLIVIA: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present

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KIRKUS REVIEW

To lead off her anthology of lesbian literature, Faderman (English and Lesbian Studies/California State Univ., Fresno; Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, not reviewed, etc.) has chosen...Montaigne. He's followed immediately by Rousseau and William Cullen Bryant in a brief first section called ""Men's Writing on Romantic Friendship."" Later, Freud makes an appearance under ""Men's Writing on a Man Trapped in a Woman's Body."" These short but thoughtful extracts provide cultural context for a generous collection that seeks to identify a lesbian literary sensibility. The selections -- from 16th-century poet Katherine Fowler Philips to modern writers like Jeannette Winterson, Rita Mae Brown, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lord, and others -- are arranged in themed sections, e.g., ""Carnivorous Flowers: The Literature of Exotic and Evil Lesbians"" and ""In the Closet: The Literature of Lesbian Encoding.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1994
Page count: 848pp
Publisher: Viking