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Intimate Friends : Women Who Loved Women, 1778-1928 (Paperback)

Author: Vicinus, Martha

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"Intimate Friends" offers a fascinating look at the erotic friendships of educated English and American women over a 150-year period, culminating in the 1928 publication of "The Well of Loneliness," Radclyffe Hall's scandalous novel of lesbian love. Martha Vicinus explores all-female communities, husband-wife couples, liaisons between younger and older women, female rakes, and mother-daughter affection. Women, she reveals, drew upon a rich religious vocabulary to describe elusive and complex erotic feelings.
Vicinus also considers the nineteenth-century roots of such contemporary issues as homosexual self-hatred, female masculinity, and sadomasochistic desire. Drawing upon diaries, letters, and other archival sources, she brings to life a variety of well known and historically less recognized women, ranging from the predatory Ann Lister, who documented her sexual activities in code; to Mary Benson, the wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury; to the coterie of wealthy Anglo-American lesbians living in Paris.
In vivid and colorful prose, "Intimate Friends" offers a remarkable picture of women navigating the uncharted territory of same-sex desire.

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Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226855646
SKU 202246182
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0226855643
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Edition 0002
Number of Pages 0344
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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