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Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the 17th 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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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
Kat Wasberg
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

Oct 01, 2008 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars
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 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".
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.
a must have if you read lesbian writing. great reference material.
Jul 02, 2011 Korri marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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bought this at the Quatrefoil Library in St. Paul
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anthologies are just always so problematic.
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Lillian Faderman (born July 18, 1940) is a scholar whose books on lesbian relationships and romantic friendship in history have earned critical praise and awards.

Faderman studied first at the University of California, Berkeley and later at UCLA. She was a professor of English at California State University, Fresno and a visiting professor at UCLA. She retired in 2007.

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