Awfully devoted women : lesbian lives in Canada, 1900-65 /
Cameron Duder.
imprint
Vancouver : UBC Press, c2010.
description
ix, 313 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0774817380, 9780774817387
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imprint
Vancouver : UBC Press, c2010.
isbn
0774817380
9780774817387
catalogue key
7159119
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-308) and index.
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The lives of lesbians before 1965 remain cloaked in mystery. Historians have turned the spotlight on upper-middle-class "romantic friends" and on working-class butch and femme women, but the lives of the lower-middle-class majority remain in the shadows. Awfully Devoted Women offers a nuanced portrait of middle-class lesbianism in the decades before the gay rights movement in English Canada. This intimate study of the lives of women who were forced to love in secret not only challenges the idea that lesbian relationships in the past were asexual, it also reveals the courage it took to explore desire in an era when women were supposed to know little about sexuality.

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