Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Literature Criticism: Lesbianism In Contemporary Literature - Essay

Patricia Juliana Smith (essay date fall 1995)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

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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Rachel Wingfield (essay date 1998)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Wingfield, Rachel. “Lesbian Writers in the Mainstream: Sara Maitland, Jeanette Winterson and Emma Donoghue.” In Beyond Sex and Romance?: The Politics of Contemporary Lesbian Fiction, edited by Elaine Hutton, pp. 60-80. London: Women's Press, 1998.

[In the following essay, Wingfield analyzes the works of Sara Maitland, Jeanette Winterson, and Emma Donoghue in the context of the history of lesbian literature, comparing and contrasting their handling of themes and characters.]

LESBIANS IN THE MAINSTREAM BEFORE THE BACKLASH

I am beginning with a contradiction. In a chapter on lesbians in mainstream publishing I am going to start...

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Tara Price-Hughes (essay date 2000)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Price-Hughes, Tara. “Worlds In and Out of Balance: Alternative Genders and Gayness in the Almanac of the Dead and The Beet Queen.” In Literature and Homosexuality, edited by Michael J. Meyer, pp. 1-21. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000.

[In the following essay, Price-Hughes explores the treatment of “two-spirit” women in two contemporary novels—Almanac of the Dead and The Beet Queen—pointing out that Native American tradition offers a much wider spectrum of possible gender roles than traditional Western culture.]

In recent years, gay and Native American writers have devoted increasing attention to Native American two-spirit...

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Ana Marie Fraile-Marcos (essay date 2000)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Fraile-Marcos, Ana Marie. “‘As Purple to Lavender’: Alice Walker's Womanist Representation of Lesbianism.” In Literature and Homosexuality, edited by Michael J. Meyer, pp. 111-34. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000.

[In the following essay, Fraile-Marcos discusses Alice Walker's The Color Purple in the context of the idea of “Womanism”—one which connects the African American female community.]

If in the United States the 1980s belonged to African American women writers in terms of literary prominence, as it is generally agreed, the beginnings of that decade also saw the emergence of Black lesbian literature and criticism. Lesbianism was explored in...

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