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Palatable Poison Critical Perspectives on the Well of Loneliness

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ISBN-10: 0231118759

ISBN-13: 9780231118750

Edition: 2001

Authors: Laura Doan, Jay Prosser, Laura Doan

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The Well of Loneliness was released in Britain in 1928 and was immediately controversial. This text gathers together classic essays on the book to provide an understanding of how views have changed.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/28/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Laura Doan is professor of English at the State University of New York at Geneseo. She is the author of Fashioning Sapphism(Columbia, 2001), editor of The Lesbian Postmodern(Columbia, 1994), and coeditor of Sexology Uncensored,and Sexology in Culture.Jay Prosser is author of Second Skins: Body Narratives of Transsexuality(Columbia, 1998) and is lecturer in American literature at the University of Leeds.

Laura Doan is professor of English at SUNY Geneseo. She has edited The Lesbian Postmodern(Columbia) as well as, with Lucy Bland, Sexology in Culture: Labeling Bodies and Desiresand Sexology Uncensored: The Documents of Sexual Science.

Introduction: Critical Perspectives Past and Present
Perspectives Past
The First Wave
Commentary (1928)
"A Book That Must Be Suppressed" (1928)
Judgment (1928)
A Selection of Early Reviews
The Second Wave
"Radclyffe Hall" (1975)
"The Mythic Mannish Lesbian: Radclyffe Hall and the New Woman" (1989)
"Perverse Desire: The Lure of the Mannish Lesbian" (1991)
Perspectives Present
New Sexual Inversions
"Some Primitive Thing Conceived in a Turbulent Age of Transition": The Transsexual Emerging from The Well
"A Writer of Misfits": "John" Radclyffe Hall and the Discourse of Inversion
"The Outcast of One Age Is the Hero of Another": Radclyffe Hall, Edward Carpenter and the Intermediate Sex
"All My Life I've Been Waiting for Something...": Theorizing Femme Narrative in The Well of Loneliness
The Well's Wounds
The Well of Shame
The Well of Loneliness as War Novel
War Wounds: The Nation, Shell Shock, and Psychoanalysis in The Well of Loneliness
Of Trees and Polities, Wars and Wounds
On Location
"I Want to Cross Over into Camp Ground": Race and Inversion in The Well of Loneliness
"Something Primitive and Age-Old as Nature Herself": Lesbian Sexuality and the Permission of the Exotic
Once More unto the Breach: The Well of Loneliness and the Spaces of Inversion
Great Cities: Radclyffe Hall at the Chicago School
Well Meaning: Pragmatism, Lesbianism, and the U.S. Obscenity Trial
Writing by the Light of The Well: Radclyffe Hall and the Lesbian Modernists
Afterword: It Was Good, Good, Good
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