The lives of many lesbians prior to 1965 remain cloaked in mystery. Historians have turned the spotlight on upper-middle-class "romantic friends" and on working-class butch and femme women, but the lives of the lower-middle-class majority remain in the shadows. Awfully Devoted Women offers a portrait of middle-class lesbianism in the decades before the gay rights movement in English Canada. This intimate study of the lives of women who were forced to love in secret not only challenges the idea that lesbian relationships in the past were asexual, it also reveals the courage it took to explore desire in an era when women were supposed to know little about sexuality.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Engaging and accessible without slacking on the analysis, this book is required reading for anybody with an interest in the history of lady-lovin' ladies. -- Kate Zieman * QueeriesMag.com *
An excellent contribution to canadian lesbian historiography and to the growing literature on gender and sexuality. Highly recommended. -- D.A. Chekki, University of Winnipeg * CHOICE, Vol. 48, No. 3 *