Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

Paperback | February 21, 2012

byLillian Faderman

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As Lillian Faderman writes, there are "no constants with regard to lesbianism," except that lesbians prefer women. In this groundbreaking book, she reclaims the history of lesbian life in twentieth-century America, tracing the evolution of lesbian identity and subcultures from early networks to more recent diverse lifestyles. She draws from journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, media accounts, novels, medical literature, pop culture artifacts, and oral histories by lesbians of all ages and backgrounds, uncovering a narrative of uncommon depth and originality.

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As Lillian Faderman writes, there are "no constants with regard to lesbianism," except that lesbians prefer women. In this groundbreaking book, she reclaims the history of lesbian life in twentieth-century America, tracing the evolution of lesbian identity and subcultures from early networks to more recent diverse lifestyles. She draw...

Lillian Faderman is professor emerita of English at California State University, Fresno, and author of the award-winning Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present and Scotch Verdict: Miss Pirie and Miss Woods v. Dame Cumming Gordon. She is also the author of Naked in the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:373 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:February 21, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231074891

ISBN - 13:9780231074896

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ContentsIntroduction1. "The Loves of Women for Each Other": "Romantic Friends" in the Twentieth Century2. A Worm in the Bud: The Early Sexologists and Love Between Women3. Lesbian Chic: Experimentation and Repression in the 1920s4. Wastelands and Oases: The 1930s5. "Naked Amazons and Queer Damozels": World War II and Its Aftermath6. The Love that Dares Not Speak Its Name: McCarthyism and Its Legacy7. Butches, Femmes, and Kikis: Creating Lesbian Subcultures in the 1950s and '60s8. "Not a Public Relations Movement": Lesbian Revolutions in the 1960s Through '70s9. Lesbian Nation: Creating a Women-Identified-Women Community in the 1970s10. Lesbian Sex Wars in the 1980s11. From Tower of Babel to Community: Lesbian Life in the 1980sEpilogue: Social Constructions and the Metamorphoses of Love Between WomenNotesIndex

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A splendid, uplifting achievement.