Evil Women And Romantic Friends
Jeannette H. Foster
SOURCE: "From the Romantics to the Moderns," in Sex Variant Women in Literature: A Historical and Quantitative Survey, Vantage Press, 1956, pp. 60-80.
[In 1956, Foster published the first exhaustive study of lesbian content in literature, Sex Variant Women in Literature. The following excerpt presents some of her findings on the nineteenth century, demonstrating the ways in which authors—most of them French men—presented lesbian characters and encounters.]
The Novel Before 1870
For the first three-quarters of the nineteenth century variant fiction was so nearly an exclusive...
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