Citizen, Invert, Queer: Lesbianism and War in Early by Deborah Cohler

By Deborah Cohler

In past due nineteenth-century England, “mannish” ladies have been thought of socially deviant yet now not gay. A half-century later, such masculinity equaled lesbianism within the public mind's eye. How did this shift take place? Citizen, Invert, Queer illustrates that the equation of lady masculinity with woman homosexuality is a comparatively contemporary phenomenon, due to the adjustments in nationwide and racial in addition to sexual discourses in early twentieth-century public culture.
Incorporating cultural histories of prewar women’s suffrage debates, British sexology, women’s paintings at the domestic entrance in the course of global conflict I, and discussions of interwar literary representations of woman homosexuality, Deborah Cohler maps the emergence of lesbian representations in terms of the decline of empire and the increase of eugenics in England. Cohler integrates discussions of the histories of female and male same-sex erotics in her readings of recent lady, representations of female and male suffragists, wartime trials of pacifist novelists and seditious artists, and the interwar infamy of novels equivalent to Radclyffe Hall’s The good of Loneliness and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.
By analyzing the moving intersections of nationalism and sexuality prior to, in the course of, and after the good conflict, this e-book illuminates profound modifications in our rules approximately lady homosexuality.

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