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In Chloe Plus Olivia Lillian Faderman seeks no less than to radically redefine four centuries of lesbian literature, filling a need that has long been neglected: a literary anthology of lesbian writers over the past four centuries, with each piece set in historical and literary context. This landmark work of scholarship offers an enlightening review of the shifting concept In Chloe Plus Olivia Lillian Faderman seeks no less than to radically redefine four centuries of lesbian literature, filling a need that has long been neglected: a literary anthology of lesbian writers over the past four centuries, with each piece set in historical and literary context. This landmark work of scholarship offers an enlightening review of the shifting concept of "lesbian literature," followed by examples of six different genres: Romantic Friendship, Sexual Inversion, Exotic and Evil Lesbians, Lesbian Encoding, Lesbian Feminism, and Post-Lesbian Feminism. Faderman examines works as diverse as Willa Cather's My Antonia and Virginia Woolf's Orlando; poetry by Gertrude Stein and Amy Lowell; fiction by Carson McCullers, Helen Hull, and Alice Walker. In addition, Chloe Plus Olivia contains writing by men who focused on women's relationships. These writings are included in the early section of the book and were, in various ways, important to the development of lesbian literature, since men were far more likely than women to achieve publication in other centuries. It would be impossible to identify a single "great tradition" of lesbian writing, since it is in constant metamorphosis, reflecting changing social attitudes and women's voices. Chloe Plus Olivia, with its historical scope enhanced by Faderman's own personal search for a definition of lesbian literature, makes this the first book of its kind; it is certain to become the point of reference from which all subsequent studies of lesbian literature will begin.


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In Chloe Plus Olivia Lillian Faderman seeks no less than to radically redefine four centuries of lesbian literature, filling a need that has long been neglected: a literary anthology of lesbian writers over the past four centuries, with each piece set in historical and literary context. This landmark work of scholarship offers an enlightening review of the shifting concept In Chloe Plus Olivia Lillian Faderman seeks no less than to radically redefine four centuries of lesbian literature, filling a need that has long been neglected: a literary anthology of lesbian writers over the past four centuries, with each piece set in historical and literary context. This landmark work of scholarship offers an enlightening review of the shifting concept of "lesbian literature," followed by examples of six different genres: Romantic Friendship, Sexual Inversion, Exotic and Evil Lesbians, Lesbian Encoding, Lesbian Feminism, and Post-Lesbian Feminism. Faderman examines works as diverse as Willa Cather's My Antonia and Virginia Woolf's Orlando; poetry by Gertrude Stein and Amy Lowell; fiction by Carson McCullers, Helen Hull, and Alice Walker. In addition, Chloe Plus Olivia contains writing by men who focused on women's relationships. These writings are included in the early section of the book and were, in various ways, important to the development of lesbian literature, since men were far more likely than women to achieve publication in other centuries. It would be impossible to identify a single "great tradition" of lesbian writing, since it is in constant metamorphosis, reflecting changing social attitudes and women's voices. Chloe Plus Olivia, with its historical scope enhanced by Faderman's own personal search for a definition of lesbian literature, makes this the first book of its kind; it is certain to become the point of reference from which all subsequent studies of lesbian literature will begin.

30 review for Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    this anthology was left at my house by a friend before she moved a few states to the east. as a women's studies and english student in my undergrad, i enjoyed this collection greatly. i read it as background for a senior independent study project on queer lit. very useful. also, as i make a habit of naming my chickens after lesbians who lived and loved on the west bank of france in the 1930's, this anthology is also a useful reference. this anthology was left at my house by a friend before she moved a few states to the east. as a women's studies and english student in my undergrad, i enjoyed this collection greatly. i read it as background for a senior independent study project on queer lit. very useful. also, as i make a habit of naming my chickens after lesbians who lived and loved on the west bank of france in the 1930's, this anthology is also a useful reference.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This anthology is thorough, though not always entertaining. Academically it's an excellent collection; the contents are in chronological order and split into sections named by the general type of representation in literature predominate for lesbians in each period covered. You can really see the spectrum and evolution of how lesbians and queer characters were viewed in different eras of literature. But as far as merely wanting to read more early lesbian themed literature... there's certainly a l This anthology is thorough, though not always entertaining. Academically it's an excellent collection; the contents are in chronological order and split into sections named by the general type of representation in literature predominate for lesbians in each period covered. You can really see the spectrum and evolution of how lesbians and queer characters were viewed in different eras of literature. But as far as merely wanting to read more early lesbian themed literature... there's certainly a lot of it in this book, and if you're reading it merely for informative purposes or historical context, this is perfect. However, if you're looking for romance, happy endings, positive or at least neural images of queer characters and women in relationships with other women... I would honestly suggest trying a more modern anthology instead. From reading this anthology, it seems early queer literature was more about demonizing, diagnosing, or in some other way attempting to 'explain' lesbians and bisexuals rather than really representing them. (And that includes some things written by lesbians and bisexuals themselves.) It's only positive if in reading it you can hold onto the thought that, well, at least we've come a long way.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    This collection has something for everyone. I found new gems such as Amy Lowell who, like Gertrude Stein, was writing in a time when it was wisest to obfuscate. I get great pleasure out of imagining certain of Amy Lowell's contemporaries reading "The Weather-Cock Points South" and sayin' "oh that's just lovely, I love flowers too". This collection has something for everyone. I found new gems such as Amy Lowell who, like Gertrude Stein, was writing in a time when it was wisest to obfuscate. I get great pleasure out of imagining certain of Amy Lowell's contemporaries reading "The Weather-Cock Points South" and sayin' "oh that's just lovely, I love flowers too".

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kat Wasberg

    I enjoyed the organization and scope of this anthology. The book is split up into themes based on the way lesbianism and bisexuality was being represented in writing at the time (romantic friendship, a man trapped in a woman's body, exotic and evil lesbians, etc.) A brief biographical sketch precedes each excerpt by a female writer, giving historical and personal context to the pieces. Not all of the writing is gripping, but overall it's a good review of the evolution of lesbian writing, and a gr I enjoyed the organization and scope of this anthology. The book is split up into themes based on the way lesbianism and bisexuality was being represented in writing at the time (romantic friendship, a man trapped in a woman's body, exotic and evil lesbians, etc.) A brief biographical sketch precedes each excerpt by a female writer, giving historical and personal context to the pieces. Not all of the writing is gripping, but overall it's a good review of the evolution of lesbian writing, and a great insight into the lives of lesbian and bisexual authors.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michele Chamberlain

    I fell in love over and over reading this book. It is stunning, captivating, gripping and emotional. Every page take the reader into a new place. Sometimes grabbing you, wanting to clinch the book and not let go. I took my time reading this book, I was on a quest to fill a void of purpose. This book taught me everything I know and love about being a woman! A must read for any woman open to experience.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sonnydee

    This is my new Bible. I'm gonna keep it on my bedside table. A great collection, kinda Euro-centric and by no means definitive, but Faderman explains why she made the decisions she did with what to include. A damn good entry (probably first entry!) in the field of lesbian literary tradition. Glad to see my fave, Joanna Russ, included. Faderman is the best. This is my new Bible. I'm gonna keep it on my bedside table. A great collection, kinda Euro-centric and by no means definitive, but Faderman explains why she made the decisions she did with what to include. A damn good entry (probably first entry!) in the field of lesbian literary tradition. Glad to see my fave, Joanna Russ, included. Faderman is the best.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Willing to lend this one out if you are asked to select a reading for a lesbian wedding, but you have to give it back because it was a gift!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andi Plouffe

    Well done collection of lesbian works of art.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Korri

    bought this at the Quatrefoil Library in St. Paul

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Well written anthology.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vasha7

    My journal entry My journal entry

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maren

    everything is in this book. i love it and keep it on the shelf next to my bed.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    a must have if you read lesbian writing. great reference material.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Wilson

    want to read

  15. 5 out of 5

    megan

    anthologies are just always so problematic.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dom

    Still continuing the anthology. Eventually, it's pages, once read, will live on as art. Not all of the work is all-star material, but I'm grateful for this book's existence in the world and it is surely a worthy exploration. Still continuing the anthology. Eventually, it's pages, once read, will live on as art. Not all of the work is all-star material, but I'm grateful for this book's existence in the world and it is surely a worthy exploration.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I usually liked the author bios more than the actual literature, funnily enough. I was sometimes mystified at certain author's selected works, but overall it was very interesting. I usually liked the author bios more than the actual literature, funnily enough. I was sometimes mystified at certain author's selected works, but overall it was very interesting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Radclyffe U-Haul

    Some favorites so far: -Michael Fields' poems -Helen Rose Hull's The Fire -Constance Fenimore Woolson's Felipa -The excerpt from Colette's The Pure and the Impure -Willa Cather's Tommy the Unsentimental -Henry Handel Richardson's Two Hanged Women -The excerpt from Vita Sackville-West's journals -Rose O'Neill's poems -The except from Jewelle Gomez' The Gilda Stories: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition Some favorites so far: -Michael Fields' poems -Helen Rose Hull's The Fire -Constance Fenimore Woolson's Felipa -The excerpt from Colette's The Pure and the Impure -Willa Cather's Tommy the Unsentimental -Henry Handel Richardson's Two Hanged Women -The excerpt from Vita Sackville-West's journals -Rose O'Neill's poems -The except from Jewelle Gomez' The Gilda Stories: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition

  19. 4 out of 5

    Molly

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Rouse

  21. 4 out of 5

    brokenpanda

  22. 4 out of 5

    Islai

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara Jaye

  24. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Baker

  25. 5 out of 5

    Caty

  26. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

  27. 4 out of 5

    J9

  28. 5 out of 5

    Libay Cantor

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mikell

  30. 4 out of 5

    Opalescent

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