Sapphic Modernities: Sexuality, Women and National Culture

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Laura Doan, Jane Garrity
Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 11, 2006 - History - 261 pages
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Sapphic Modernities marks the first attempt to examine the representation of the lesbian in modernity from the multiple perspectives of literary, visual, and cultural studies, seeking collectively to answer: What range of "sapphisms" circulated during the interwar period, and what forms of cultural production enabled the lesbian's emergence and self-definition? This exciting collection's aim is to show how the sapphic figure, in her multiple and contradictory guises, refigures the relation between public and private space, interrogates the category of nationality, and redefines what it means to be a modern citizen in the early decades of the twentieth century.

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Laura Doan is Professor of Cultural History and Sexuality Studies in English and American Studies at the University of Manchester, and co-director of the Center for the Study of Sexuality and Culture. She is author of Fashioning Sapphism: The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Culture (2001) and editor of several collections on the history of sexuality and lesbian studies. Jane Garrity is Associate Professor of English and Senior Scholar in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of Step-Daughters of England: British Women Modernists and the National Imaginary (2003).

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