Secrecy and Sapphic Modernism: Writing Romans À Clef Between The Wars

Hardcover | January 15, 2012

bySashi Nair

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Novels by significant Modernist authors can be described as romans à clef, providing insight into restrictions governing the representation of female homosexuality in the early twentieth century. Nair argues that key novels of the period represented same-sex desire through the encryption of personal references directed towards coterie audiences.

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Novels by significant Modernist authors can be described as romans à clef, providing insight into restrictions governing the representation of female homosexuality in the early twentieth century. Nair argues that key novels of the period represented same-sex desire through the encryption of personal references directed towards coterie ...

SASHI NAIR is based at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include queer and feminist literary studies, modernist women's writing, and intersections between queer and postcolonial writing in male and female-authored texts of the early twentieth century. She has published articles on Sapphic modernism and Cha...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.68 × 5.71 × 0.82 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230298370

ISBN - 13:9780230298378

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Screening Desire in the Sapphic Modernist Roman à Clef
'Moral Poison': Radclyffe Hall and The Well of Loneliness
'On her lips you kiss your own': Theorizing Desire in Djuna Barnes' Nightwood
'Truth & Fantasy': Virginia Woolf's Orlando as Sapphic Roman à Clef
'Gertrude, the world is a theatre for you': Staging the Self in The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Conclusion: 'Two alert and vivid bodies', Desire and Salvation in H.D.'s HER
References
Index

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'Sashi Nair brings a theoretically deft hand to the literature of lesbian modernity. In persuasive, readable, and scholarly prose, Public Address, Secrecy, and the Sapphic Modernist Roman a Clef brings recent queer theoretical work on affect and normativity into dialogue with concepts of public, private, and counter-publics through artful close readings and rigorous archival work. A strong contribution to the field.' - Deborah Cohler, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, San Francisco State University, USA