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Since the Renaissance, countless writers have been magnetized by the notion of love between women. From Renaissance love poems to twentieth-century novels, plays, and short stories, The Literature of Lesbianism brings together hundreds of literary works on the subject of female homosexuality. This is not an anthology of "lesbian writers." Nor is it simply a one-sided compe ...more
Paperback, 1110 pages
Published December 13th 2005 by Columbia University Press (first published August 15th 2003)
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Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
A chunky 1110-page compilation that may benefit from further curation.

Monster in the old-fashioned or root sense, means simply a sight provoking awe or wonder (Etymologically, monster derives from the Latin monstrare, to show.) This sort of response is most often to be found in 16th and 17th century works, when authors and readers alike were struggling to absorb the cognitive surprise of Greco-Roman homosexuality. The core discovery encapsulated here is that it is possible to run against the cou
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Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely useful resource for Lesbian, Feminist and Women's Lit Crit. Despite the fact that it weighs 20 lbs and I'm apt to destroy the dust jacket, I reference this book almost every day. Beware, many of the cited works you will not be able to lay your hands on with any ease.
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This is a brick of a book.

What a terrible way to start a review. Really, what I’m saying is “This book is too big and intimidating and I’m afraid of it.”

Which might be its intent, a little. It is a scholarly, Columbia University Press publication, and it was certainly never intended for the mass market.

It was published in 2003. Reading it 13 years later (occasionally feeling like I will be reading it for 13 years), I am simultaneously grateful for editor Terry Castle’s Herculean effort in bringi
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Terry Castle was once described by Susan Sontag as "the most expressive, most enlightening literary critic at large today." She is the author of seven books of criticism, including The Apparitional Lesbian: Female Homosexuality and Modern Culture (1993) and Boss Ladies, Watch Out! Essays on Women and Sex (2002). Her antholoy, The Literature of Lesbianism, won the Lambda Literary Editor's Choice Aw ...more
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