The Lesbian Menace: Ideology, Identity, and the Representation of Lesbian Life

Front Cover
University of Massachusetts Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
0 Reviews
Electroshock. Hysterectomy. Lobotomy. These are only three of the many "cures" to which lesbians have been subjected in this century. How does a society develop such a profound aversion to a particular minority? In what ways do images in the popular media perpetuate cultural stereotypes about lesbians, and to what extent have lesbians been able to subvert and revise those images? This book addresses these and other questions by examining how lesbianism has been represented in American popular culture in the twentieth century and how conflicting ideologies have shaped lesbian experiences and identity.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
1
Who 5 Afraid of Stephen Gordon?
13
Malevolent neurotic and tainted
33
Copyright

9 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1997)

Sherrie A. Inness is Assistant Professor of English at Miami University of Ohio. She is the author of Intimate Communities: Representation and Social Transformation in Women's College Fiction, 1895-1910 and The Lesbian Menace: Ideology, Identity, and the Representation of Lesbian Life.

Bibliographic information