The Cambridge Companion to Lesbian Literature examines literary representations of lesbian sexuality, identities, and communities, from the medieval period to the present. In addition to providing a helpful orientation to key literary-historical periods, critical concepts, theoretical debates and literary genres, this Companion considers the work of such well-known authors as Virginia Woolf, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Alison Bechdel and Sarah Waters. Written by a host of leading critics and covering subjects as diverse as lesbian desire in the long eighteenth century and same-sex love in a postcolonial context, this Companion delivers insight into the variety of traditions that have shaped the present landscape of lesbian literature.
Table of Contents
Lesbian literature?: an introduction Jodie Medd; 1. The queer time of lesbian literature: history and temporality Carla Freccero; 2. Debating definitions: the lesbian in feminist studies and queer studies Annamarie Jagose; 3. Experience, difference, and power Sandra K. Soto; 4. Global desires, postcolonial critique: queer women in nation, migration, and diaspora Shamira A. Meghani; 5. Situating female same-sex love in the middle ages Karma Lochrie; 6. 'Bedfellowes in royaltie': early/modern Sapphic representations Susan S. Lanser; 7. Writing lesbian desire in the long eighteenth century Caroline Gonda; 8. Lesbian postmortem at the fin de siècle Kate Thomas; 9. Modern times: modernist writing, modern sexualities Madelyn Detloff; 10. Popular genres and 'lesbian' culture: from pulp to crime, and beyond Kaye Mitchell; 11. Lesbian autobiography and memoir Monica Pearl; 12. Lesbianism-poetry/poetry-lesbianism Amy Sara Carroll; 13. Contemporary lesbian fiction: into the twenty-first century Emma Parker; 14. Comics, graphic narratives, and lesbian lives Heike Bauer.