CHLOE PLUS OLIVIA by Lillian Faderman


An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present
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 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
ISBN: 0-670-84638-4
Page count: 848pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1994


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