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Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present

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In Chloe Plus Olivia Lillian Faderman seeks no less than to radically redefine four centuries of lesbian literature, filling a need that has long been neglected: a literary anthology of lesbian writers over the past four centuries, with each piece set in historical and literary context. This landmark work of scholarship offers an enlightening review of the shifting concept ...more
Paperback, 848 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Penguin Books (first published July 1st 1994)
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Aug 13, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: gays and the breeders that love them
Recommended to Emily by: chris
this anthology was left at my house by a friend before she moved a few states to the east. as a women's studies and english student in my undergrad, i enjoyed this collection greatly. i read it as background for a senior independent study project on queer lit. very useful. also, as i make a habit of naming my chickens after lesbians who lived and loved on the west bank of france in the 1930's, this anthology is also a useful reference.
This anthology is thorough, though not always entertaining. Academically it's an excellent collection; the contents are in chronological order and split into sections named by the general type of representation in literature predominate for lesbians in each period covered. You can really see the spectrum and evolution of how lesbians and queer characters were viewed in different eras of literature.

But as far as merely wanting to read more early lesbian themed literature... there's certainly a l
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Jan 16, 2008 Kat Wasberg rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the organization and scope of this anthology. The book is split up into themes based on the way lesbianism and bisexuality was being represented in writing at the time (romantic friendship, a man trapped in a woman's body, exotic and evil lesbians, etc.) A brief biographical sketch precedes each excerpt by a female writer, giving historical and personal context to the pieces.

Not all of the writing is gripping, but overall it's a good review of the evolution of lesbian writing, and a gr

Nov 30, 2007 Mandy rated it really liked it
Willing to lend this one out if you are asked to select a reading for a lesbian wedding, but you have to give it back because it was a gift!
Mar 27, 2010 Maren added it
everything is in this book. i love it and keep it on the shelf next to my bed.
Aug 13, 2008 Danielle rated it it was amazing
a must have if you read lesbian writing. great reference material.
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Shelves: queer, lit-crit
bought this at the Quatrefoil Library in St. Paul
Aug 02, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
Well written anthology.
Aug 24, 2007 megan is currently reading it
anthologies are just always so problematic.
Some favorites so far:
-Michael Fields' poems
-Helen Rose Hull's The Fire
-Constance Fenimore Woolson's Felipa
-The excerpt from Colette's The Pure and the Impure
-Willa Cather's Tommy the Unsentimental
-Henry Handel Richardson's Two Hanged Women
-The excerpt from Vita Sackville-West's journals
-Rose O'Neill's poems
-The except from Jewelle Gomez' The Gilda Stories: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition
Oct 21, 2009 Miranda rated it really liked it
This collection has something for everyone. I found new gems such as Amy Lowell who, like Gertrude Stein, was writing in a time when it was wisest to obfuscate. I get great pleasure out of imagining certain of Amy Lowell's contemporaries reading "The Weather-Cock Points South" and sayin' "oh that's just lovely, I love flowers too".
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Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. Among her many honors are six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship. She is the author of The Gay Revolution and the New York Times Notable Books, Surpassing the Love of Men and Odd Girls ...more
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