An Ordered Society: Gender and Class in Early Modern England

Front Cover
Columbia University Press, 1988 - Family & Relationships - 203 pages
0 Reviews

The highly publicized obscenity trial of Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness (1928) is generally recognized as the crystallizing moment in the construction of a visible modern English lesbian culture, marking a great divide between innocence and deviance, private and public, New Woman and Modern Lesbian. Yet despite unreserved agreement on the importance of this cultural moment, previous studies often reductively distort our reading of the formation of early twentieth-century lesbian identity, either by neglecting to examine in detail the developments leading up to the ban or by framing events in too broad a context against other cultural phenomena.

Fashioning Sapphism locates the novelist Radclyffe Hall and other prominent lesbians -- including the pioneer in women's policing, Mary Allen, the artist Gluck, and the writer Bryher -- within English modernity through the multiple sites of law, sexology, fashion, and literary and visual representation, thus tracing the emergence of a modern English lesbian subculture in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Drawing on extensive new archival research, the book interrogates anew a range of myths long accepted without question (and still in circulation) concerning, to cite only a few, the extent of homophobia in the 1920s, the strategic deployment of sexology against sexual minorities, and the rigidity of certain cultural codes to denote lesbianism in public culture.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

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

Contents

Introduction
1
Political Households and Domestic Politics Family and Society in Early Modern Thought
34
Families Property and Family Economies
67
Gender Order in Families and Villages
95
The Ordering of Society
134
Conclusion Gender Class and Society
180
Bibliography
190
Index
197
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 191 - Jus Populi ; or, a Discourse wherein clear satisfaction is given as well concerning the Right of Subjects as the Right of Princes...

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1988)

Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

Bibliographic information