New Lesbian Studies: Into the Twenty-First Century

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9781558611351: New Lesbian Studies: Into the Twenty-First Century

Compiling some of the best scholarship and theory in lesbian studies since the publication of Lesbian Studies in 1982, The New Lesbian Studies: Into the Twenty-First Century considers the history, present, and future of the field. By celebrating the differences among lesbian scholars and attending to the ways in which the field has been shaped by shifting policies and the emergence of queer studies, this collection challenges the limits of lesbian studies while affirming its value.

With 40 essays arranged in six parts, The New Lesbian Studies explores the history of lesbian studies as well as its current impact on conceptions of identity and community, teaching, academic, disciplines, university practices, and the development of feminist and queer theories. This collection offers stirring personal testimony; muliticultural and international perspectives and established and new voices; strategies for integrating lesbian studies into the curriculum; and contributions from lesbians working in libraries, athletic departments, and student services. Throughout, the contributors address the ways in which lesbian studies has transformed and will continue to transform traditional disciplines, practices, and thought.

With its mulitcultural, multidisciplinary breadth and its unique emphasis on theory, practice, and activism, The New Lesbian Studies speaks to a broad audience of students, activists, and scholars:

-Kath Weston on being an "insider" doing gay fieldwork;

-Yolanda Chavez Leyva on creating a Latina lesbian history;

-Leila Rupp on uncovering same-sex love and sexuality in history;

-Vivien Ng on reconstructing the lives of "lesbians" in Chinese history, despite the prevailing opinion that lesbianism is a Western category;

-Evelyn Blackwood on the pitfalls-and importance-of cross-cultural studies;

-Ellen Broidy on "cyberdykes" networking globally and publicly;

-Susan Cahn on the deep-seated homophobia in women's collegiate sports;

-Sharon P. Holland on Audre Lorde and Sappho, and on the essential contributions of black lesbians;

-Judith Halberstam on the possibility of queer lesbian studies.

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The New Lesbian Studies includes 31 new essays representing the best in scholarship and theory in the study of lesbianism from both inside and outside the U.S. The text has sections on incorporating lesbian studies into academia and student services; understanding the origins of lesbian studies; exploring the questions proposed by lesbian studies; and offering us new voices, personal testimony, and multicultural perspectives. The collection is a necessary addition to lesbian and queer studies--an emerging genre in social, theoretical, and literary studies.

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The New Lesbian Studies compiles the best scholarship and theory of recent years by featuring 31 new essays by scholars and activists representing a variety of theoretical approaches and personal perspectives in the study of lesbianism both inside and outside the United States. Nine of these essays lead off the collection in a section titled "Remember Our Roots", providing readers with pivotal markers of lesbian studies in its formative states. The New Lesbian Studies celebrates the differences among lesbian scholars and acknowledges the influence of both shifting politics and the emergence of queer studies. The New Lesbian Studies both challenges the limits of lesbian studies and affirms the value of those studies. The New Lesbian Studies assembles both original scholarship and stirring personal testimony; multicultural and international perspectives and established and new voices. The New Lesbian Studies offers strategies for integrating lesbian studies into the curriculum; and contributions from lesbians working in libraries, athletic, departments and student services. throughout, the essays address the ways in which lesbian studies has transformed and will continue to transform traditional disciplines, practices and thoughts. The New Lesbian Studies is a highly recommended addition to any academic, personal, or community library's collection on gay and lesbian studies. -- Midwest Book Review

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