Patricia Juliana Smith (essay date fall 1995)
SOURCE: Smith, Patricia Juliana. “Desperately Seeking Susan(na): Closeted Quests and Mozartean Gender Bending in Brigid Brophy's The King of a Rainy Country.” Review of Contemporary Fiction 15, no. 3 (fall 1995): 23-31.
[In the following essay, Smith discusses Brigid Brophy's The King of a Rainy Country as an early lesbian text in which Brophy tries on different roles for women with the freedom afforded by operatic structure.]
At first glance (and perhaps second and subsequent glances) Brigid Brophy's second novel, The King of a Rainy Country, might not seem an Ur-text of lesbian postmodernity.1 Like many of its earliest critics,...
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