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Inseparable by Emma Donoghue
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Apr 23, 14

bookshelves: lgbt, history
Read in August, 2011

Should be subtitled Two Thousand Years of Femslash. That said, I appreciate that the book doesn't take the tone of OMG! They're so sleeping together! as retroactive lesbian lit theory. The author surveys close bonds and attractions between women, especially ones with sexual connotations (such as cross dressing or a woman rivalling a man for another woman's heart), but doesn't presume that the relationship is a sexual one, only the forms that are repeated and the ways they can be read (except in several cases where the women actually were sleeping with each other). Donoghue quotes heavily, provides context, and is very organised. She covers French, English, Italian and American lit for the last six hundred years with references back to Lesbos, and continuing to present day. Readable, footnoted, frequently humorous and a good way to add to your reading list.
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