Are girls necessary? [electronic resource] : lesbian writing and modern histories /
Julie Abraham.
1st University of Minnesota Press ed.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2008.
xxiv, 213 p. ; 23 cm.
0816656762 (pbk. : acid-free paper), 9780816656769 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2008.
0816656762 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
9780816656769 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Willa Cather's new world histories -- Mary Renault's Greek drama -- Washington, James, (Toklas), and Stein -- Djuna Barnes, memory, and forgetting -- Virginia Woolf and the sexual histories of literature.
general note
Originally published: New York : Routledge, 1996.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. [173]-206) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Julie Abraham is professor of LGBT studies at Sarah Lawrence College and author of Metropolitan Lovers: The Homosexuality of Cities (Minnesota, 2008).
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-08-01:
Treating 20th-century writers Willa Cather, Mary Renault, Virginia Woolf, Djuna Barnes, and Gertrude Stein, these essays raise many intriguing questions about gender, sexual orientation, social history, and the limits of literary theory in assigning labels such as "lesbian writer." Abraham (LGBT studies, Sarah Lawrence College) is especially interested in the historical contexts in which these women wrote--for example, Cather's focus on European immigrants settling in the American Midwest, Stein's relationship with Picasso during the decade leading up to WW II, and Renault's historical fictions based on ancient Greek gay male love. Were these writers constrained by the heterosexual paradigm and thus forced to sublimate their same-sex desires onto straight male and female characters? Or were they writing about what really interested and influenced them? Readers and critics interested in English literature, gender studies, gay/lesbian studies, and literary criticism alike will want to revisit the writers discussed in light of Abraham's cogent, provocative analysis. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; graduate students. C. Machado Norwalk Community College
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In this analysis of 20th century lesbian writing, Julie Abraham offers new readings of pulp novelists alongside high modernists - authors as various as Gertrude Stein, Willa Cather, Mary Renault, and Virginia Woolf - to examine how these writers created new lesbian narratives.
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This analysis of twentieth-century lesbian writing offers new readings of pulp novelists alongside high modernists-authors as various as Gertrude Stein, Willa Cather, Mary Renault, and Virginia Woolf-to examine how these writers created new lesbian narratives. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Preface: "Are Girls Necessary?"p. xi
Introduction: "I Have a Narrative"p. 1
"Tell the Lacadaemonians"
Willa Cather's New World Historiesp. 41
Mary Renault's Greek Dramap. 61
"Love Is Writing"
Washington, James, (Toklas), and Steinp. 81
Djuna Barnes, Memory, and Forgettingp. 121
Virginia Woolf and the Sexual Histories of Literaturep. 139
Afterword: "Reading and the Experiences of Everyday Life"p. 169
Notesp. 173
Indexp. 207
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