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Lesbian Images (Paperback, New edition): Jane Rule
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Rule, who has taught English at the University of British Columbia and published several novels (Desert of the Heart, 1965; Against the Season, 1971), projects a sense of personal engagement which enhances rather than muddles her thoughtful, unpretentious literary judgments. Her subject is relationships between women in modern literature, ranging from the frankly sexual to the less explicitly defined, from Radclyffe Hall to Sill Johnston. Her judgments are ad hoc, not founded on a strong theoretical basis, and her virtues are empirical, concrete virtues: fair-mindedness, sense of proportion, a feeling for the actual texture of a book. Without succumbing to paranoia, she is quick to spot male-centered assumptions. Thus she refutes critics who talk about Wills Cather's "masculine sensibility," points out the male-supremacist assumptions of The Well of Loneliness, and comments with asperity on Colette's romanticization of erotic relationships between women (fragile, rarefied, exquisitely perverse), which she finds as irresponsible as any heterosexual mystique. Her main achievement is making you want to read every book she discusses; her chief flaw is a fondness for paraphrase and plot rehash which swamps the analytical aspects of her treatment. The intelligence and adroitness of the writing mask a certain lack of substance. The sections on Elizabeth Bowen and Ivy Compton-Burnett especially demonstrate the odd contradiction between the lively surface and sketchily developed content. It's a certain tribute to Rule's skill that one is never tempted to think the subject itself thin or artificial, but her own critical virtues are rather erratically served. (Kirkus Reviews)
Jane Rule examines the literary portrayal of lesbianism in works of fiction, biography and autobiography by prominent 20th century women writers, aiming to arrive at a better understanding of what it is to be a gay wowan and to illuminate her own experience as a lesbian. Jane Rule has also writes novels, including "Desert of the Heart" which was made into the award-winning Hollywood film "Desert Hearts".


Imprint: Pluto Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: March 1989
Authors: Jane Rule
Dimensions: 216 x 138mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 256
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-7453-0366-6
Barcode: 9780745303666
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gay & Lesbian studies > Lesbian studies
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > Women's studies
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > Women's studies > General
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > From 1900
LSN: 0-7453-0366-8

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