The Apparitional Lesbian by Terry Castle
Female Homosexuality and Modern Culture (Gender & Culture)

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In literary images of lesbianism from Defoe and Diderot to Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes, noted author Castle traces the history of the "apparitional lesbian" and the evolution of lesbian sensibility from 1750 to the present, showing that a "real" lesbian can be identified in culture, history, and literature before the modern era. 30 illustrations.

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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 anthology, The Literature of Lesbianism, won the Lambda Literary Editor's Choice Award in 2003. She lives in San Francisco and is Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University.
Published December 1, 1993 by Columbia University Press. 307 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Moreover, she sometimes misreads other historians or literary critics: Lillian Faderman's claim, for instance, that the 19th-century English Ladies of Llangollen lacked a ``lesbian consciousness'' somehow becomes a straw man that the author dubs the ``no-sex-before-1900 school.'' But Castle's for...

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London Review of Books

What I was taking issue with in the passage Sage has misread were ‘queer theorists’ (of whom Sedgwick is one) who are more comfortable with lesbian writers, such as Willa Cather and Mary Renault, ‘who enjoy writing about male-male eros’, than with lesbian writers who enjoy writing about female-fe...

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The early articles, in fact, do much of what Castle does in this book, that is, they address the issue of lesbian invisibility and correct it with studies of lesbian cultural artifacts.

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