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Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence, and American Modernity

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On a winter day in 1892, in the broad daylight of downtown Memphis, Tennessee, a middle class woman named Alice Mitchell slashed the throat of her lover, Freda Ward, killing her instantly. Local, national, and international newspapers, medical and scientific publications, and popular fiction writers all clamored to cover the ensuing “girl lovers” murder trial. Lisa Duggan ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published January 10th 2001 by Duke University Press Books (first published 2000)
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Katherine Addison
This book is so much better than its atrocious title, it isn't even funny.

Duggan is talking about the cultural work that stories do. In particular, she's talking about the way that stories were mobilized in late nineteenth century America to protect the status quo, i.e., the power and privilege of white men. The story she focuses on is what she calls the "lesbian love murder" (a phrase which, I admit, only gets more awkward each time you read it). In particular, the murder of Freda Ward by Alice
Aug 18, 2014 Jess rated it liked it
too wordy, but a good treatment of race/white privilege intersecting with the construction of leztory in the US and morality in the court system
May 20, 2008 Cookie rated it really liked it
Lisa Duggan is my academic idol. A hot older femme who researches and writes about lezzies, sex, and pop culture in American history. Read all about the Memphis "lesbian love murder" of 1892!
Dec 15, 2008 AJ rated it it was amazing
this b00k rulez!
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