Lesbian Philosophies and Cultures: Issues in Philosophical Historiography

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Jeffner Allen
SUNY Press, 1990 - Philosophy - 410 pages
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The lesbians who have contributed to this book are theorists and activists who write as members of diverse lesbian cultures. Each lesbian has her ways of knowing, her voices, approaches, methodologies, languages. Each lesbian reflects, directly and indirectly, her relations to her own and to other ethnicities, races, social classes, physical abilities, ages, and nationalities. Each lesbian has distinctive perspectives on lesbian existence, friendships and sexualities, separatism and coalition building, theories of knowledge and ethics, language and writing. Lesbian Philosophies and Cultures is a hybrid site for discussion of, work on, and delight in this sometimes uneasy, sometimes painful, sometimes surprising and wonderful, lesbian pluralism.

For this collection, some of the contributors have chosen to write in essay style, and some have chosen to write in fiction, autobiography, poetic prose and experimental forms. The contributors, all of whom live currently in the u.s.a. or quebec, are: Joyce Trebilcot, Vivienne Louise, Kitty Tsui, Ann Ferguson, Julia Penelope, Marthe Rosenfeld, Claudia Card, Anna Lee, Mar a Lugones, Edwina Franchild, Caryatis Cardea, Baba Copper, Bette S. Tallen, Mich le Causse, Sarah Lucia Hoagland, Nett Hart, Marilyn Frye, Kim Hall, Jacquelyn N. Zita, Monique Wittig, Nicole Brossard, Gloria E. Anzald a, Jeffner Allen.
 

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Contents

Dyke Methods
15
The Invisible Woman
31
LOCATIONS
47
The Politics of Coming Out and Coming Home
49
Is There a Lesbian Culture?
63
The Lesbian Perspective
89
The Issue of Multiple Cultures
109
Pluralist Lesbian Separatism
125
The World as Will and Representation
259
Lesbian Ethics and Female Agency
275
WRITING DESIRE
293
Lesbian Desire As Social Action
295
Lesbian Sex
305
A White Lesbians Struggle With Racism
317
Desire Making Difference
327
The Trojan Horse
347

For The Love Of Separatism
143
DISCONNECTIONS
157
Playfulness WorldTravelling and Loving Perception
159
A Blind Lesbian Responds To Her Sighted Sisters
181
A WorkingClass Look At Therapy And The Movement
193
Notes on Ageism between Lesbians
219
Questions for Lesbians
241
Coincidence
355
Certain Words
367
She Ate Horses
371
On The Seashore A Writing of Abundance
389
CONTRIBUTORS
407
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Jeffner Allen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at State University of New York, Binghamton. She is the author of Lesbian Philosophy: Explorations, and co-editor of The Thinking Muse: Feminism and Modern French Philosophy. She is active in the Society for Women in Philosophy and the National Women's Studies Association, and is on the Editorial Board of Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy.

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