Lesbian Scandal and the Culture of Modernism

by Jodie (Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa) Medd

Lesbian Scandal and the Culture of Modernism Synopsis

Before lesbianism became a specific identity category in the West, its mere suggestion functioned as a powerful source of scandal in early twentieth-century British and Anglo-American culture. Reconsidering notions of the 'invisible' or 'apparitional' lesbian, Jodie Medd argues that lesbianism's representational instability, and the scandals it generated, rendered it an influential force within modern politics, law, art and the literature of modernist writers like James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Virginia Woolf. Medd's analysis draws on legal proceedings and parliamentary debates as well as crises within modern literary production - patronage relations, literary obscenity and cultural authority - to reveal how lesbian suggestion forced modern political, cultural and literary institutions to negotiate their own identities, ideals and limits. Medd's text will be of great interest to scholars and graduate students in gender and women's studies, modernist literary studies and English literature.

Lesbian Scandal and the Culture of Modernism Press Reviews

'This is a highly original and very engaging book about a fascinating aspect of modernism. It deserves a wide readership.' Petra Rau, Women: A Cultural Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9781107021631
Publication date: 10th September 2012
Author: Jodie (Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa) Medd
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 266 pages
Categories: Literary studies: from c 1900 -,

About Jodie (Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa) Medd

Jodie Medd is Associate Professor of English at Carleton University, Ottawa. Her work has appeared in GLQ, Modernism/Modernity and in edited collections on The Well of Loneliness, Sapphic modernity, lesbian and gay writing, and law and society.

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