By Julie Abraham
"Are ladies necessary?" asks Julie Abraham during this provocative examine of 20th-century lesbian writing. studying the advance of lesbian writing in English around the twentieth Century, Abraham identifies a shift from this "romance" version to a extra advanced "history" version. the good modernists, Woolf and Stein, in addition to the preferred writers of succeeding generations, like Mary Renault, seemed to ancient narratives, developing an enormous switch within the means the "lesbian tale" is outfitted. the probabilities in lesbian writing, from the early romance plots via to the post-1960s liberation move experiments, are Abraham's geography. inside of it, she deals exact readings of significant writers in numerous genres, from excessive smooth to pulp, either British and American.
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37 Nonetheless, her emphasis remained on the representation of relationships between women. Grier's assumptions—reflected in an elaborate system of identification for the hundreds of texts she listed—were similar. As, Bs, and Cs indicated the amount of "lesbian" material in a given book while asterisks (* to ***) signified the quality of its treatment. )38 "Lesbian" material consisted of representations of relationship. Moreover, if there could be more or less "lesbian" material in a given text, lesbianism was implicitly represented as a discrete element within texts, and certainly then independent of literary form.
44). He proffers adulthood: "She wanted George as a little girl wants to put her hair up or to wear long skirts" (63). He offers a way out of her family and her country. 8 ARE GIRLS NECESSARY? What distinguishes HERmione from the stories of Elizabeth Bennett, Dorothea Brooke, Rachel Vinrace, and Katherine Hilberry, is that H. D. 18 Through the stories of Hermione's relationships with George and Fayne, which, as Susan Stanford Friedman and Rachel Blau DuPlessis observe, "intersect . . with great complexity," H.
S narrative. " (44). He proffers adulthood: "She wanted George as a little girl wants to put her hair up or to wear long skirts" (63). He offers a way out of her family and her country. 8 ARE GIRLS NECESSARY? What distinguishes HERmione from the stories of Elizabeth Bennett, Dorothea Brooke, Rachel Vinrace, and Katherine Hilberry, is that H. D. 18 Through the stories of Hermione's relationships with George and Fayne, which, as Susan Stanford Friedman and Rachel Blau DuPlessis observe, "intersect .
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