Cross-Purposes: Lesbians, Feminists, and the Limits of Alliance

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Dana A. Heller
Indiana University Press, Jul 22, 1997 - Social Science - 248 pages
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"... innovative and important thinking about the various relations between feminist theory, queer theory, and lesbian theory, as well as the possibility that liberation can be mutual rather than mutually exclusive." -- Lambda Book Report

"Challenging and interesting." -- Just Out

A collection of fifteen interdisciplinary essays examining the history, current condition, and evolving shape of lesbian alliances with U.S. feminists. Contributors explore the social and aesthetic significance of the terms "lesbian" and "feminist" with the interest of reforming and strengthening them.

 

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Contents

An Introduction DANA HELLER
1
Dykes in the Mainstream
19
FemLes Scramble
42
Lesbian Interventions in Language
49
The White Negress and the HeavyDuty Dyke
64
A Kind of Mistake?
85
Girlfaggots and Boydykes
95
Lesbians
107
A Lesbian Reassurance
124
Camille Paglia Revamps
136
Confessions of a Lesbian Feminist
157
Notes for a Musical History of Lesbian
186
Toward a ButchFeminist RetroFuture
205
Afterword
221
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About the author (1997)

Dana Heller, Associate Professor of English at Old Dominion University, is the author of Family Plots: The De-Oedipalization of Popular Culture and The Feminization of Quest-Romance: Radical Departures.

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