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Lesbian scandal and the culture of modernism [electronic resource] /
Jodie Medd, Carleton University, Ottawa.
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Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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ix, 254 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781107021631
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Book
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Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
isbn
9781107021631
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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Machine generated contents note: Introduction: Extraordinary Allegations: Lesbian Suggestion and the Culture of Modernism; Part I. The Suggestion of Lesbianism and British National Culture: 1. The Suggestion of Lesbianism and the Great War: 'The Cult of the Clitoris' Scandal; 2. Lesbian Ghost Stories and Post-War Culture; Part II. The Suggestion of Lesbianism and Modernist Communities: 3. Modernist Patronage, Literary Obscenity, and 'Doing the Lesbian Business'; 4. Bloomsbury and the Scandal of The Well of Loneliness; Conclusion; Notes.
abstract
"Before lesbianism became a specific identity category in the West, its mere suggestion functioned as a powerful source of scandal in early twentieth-century British and Anglo-American culture. Reconsidering notions of the 'invisible' or 'apparitional' lesbian, Jodie Medd argues that lesbianism's representational instability, and the scandals it generated, rendered it an influential force within modern politics, law, art and the literature of modernist writers like James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Virginia Woolf. Medd's analysis draws on legal proceedings and parliamentary debates as well as crises within modern literary production - patronage relations, literary obscenity and cultural authority - to reveal how lesbian suggestion forced modern political, cultural and literary institutions to negotiate their own identities, ideals and limits. Medd's text will be of great interest to scholars and graduate students in gender and women's studies, modernist literary studies and English literature"--
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8673768
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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By reconsidering notions of the 'invisible' or 'apparitional' lesbian in early twentieth-century culture, Jodie Medd reveals how modern political, legal, artistic and literary communities negotiated their own identities, ideals and limits in relation to lesbian scandal.
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This text analyzes the legal, social and literary impact of lesbian scandal on early 20th-century British and Anglo-American culture.
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Before lesbianism became a specific identity category in the West, its mere suggestion functioned as a powerful source of scandal in early twentieth-century British and Anglo-American culture. Reconsidering notions of the 'invisible' or 'apparitional' lesbian, Jodie Medd argues that lesbianism's representational instability, and the scandals it generated, rendered it an influential force within modern politics, law, art and the literature of modernist writers like James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Virginia Woolf. Medd's analysis draws on legal proceedings and parliamentary debates as well as crises within modern literary production – patronage relations, literary obscenity and cultural authority – to reveal how lesbian suggestion forced modern political, cultural and literary institutions to negotiate their own identities, ideals and limits. Medd's text will be of great interest to scholars and graduate students in gender and women's studies, modernist literary studies and English literature.
Description for Bookstore
By reconsidering notions of the "invisible" or "apparitional" lesbian in early twentieth-century culture, Jodie Medd reveals how modern political, legal, artistic, and literary communities negotiated their own identities, ideals, and limits in relation to lesbian scandal. Medd's text will appeal especially to scholars and graduate students in gender and women's studies, modernist literary studies, and British and American literature.
Table of Contents
Introduction: extraordinary allegations: lesbian suggestion and the culture of modernism
The Suggestion of Lesbianism and British National Culture
The suggestion of lesbianism and the great war: 'the cult of the clitoris' scandal
Lesbian ghost stories and post-war culture
The Suggestion of Lesbianism and Modernist Communities
Modernist patronage, literary obscenity, and 'doing the lesbian business'
Bloomsbury and the scandal of The Well of Loneliness
Conclusion
Notes
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