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From Indeterminacy to Acknowledgment: Topoi of Lesbianism in Transatlantic Fiction by Women, 1925-1936

Abstract This project will attempt to supplement the current registry of lesbian inquiry in literature by exploring a very specific topos important to the Modern era: woman and her intellect. Under this umbrella, the project will perform two tasks: First, it will argue that the Modern turn that accentuates what I call negative valence mimesis is a moment of change that enables the general public to perceive lesbianism in representations of women that before, perhaps, remained unacknowledged. And, second, that the intersection of thought and resistance to heteronormative structures, such as heterosexual desire/sex, childbirth, marriage, religion, feminine performance, generate topoi of lesbianism that lesbian studies should continuously critique in o... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Wagner, Johanna M. (Author) / Clarke, Deborah (Advisor) / Lussier, Mark (Advisor) / Mallot, Edward (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Modern literature / GLBT studies / Women's studies / American Literature / British Literature / Lesbianism / Mimesis / Performativity / Sexuality
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 278 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. English 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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