Lesbian Discourses is the first book-length treatment of lesbian text and discourse. It looks at what changing images of community American and British lesbian authors have communicated since 1970, how this change can be traced in texts such as pamphlets, magazines and blogs, and why this change has taken place. At the heart of the book is a detailed linguistic analysis, which is embedded in a discussion of the relevant socio-political contexts and discourse practices, and supplemented by interview data. The book can more generally be read as an example of how to do textual analysis in social research, in particular how to engage in the discourse-historical and socio-cognitive study of collective identity. Despite its text-centered approach, the book avoids being overly technical and will therefore be of interest not only to postgraduate students and researchers in linguistics but also to those in anthropology, history and sociology, especially women’s/gender studies.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures
Chapter One: Introduction: Lesbian Discourses, Lesbian Texts
Chapter Two: Approaches to Researching Lesbian Discourses
Chapter Three: Creating a Community: The 1970s
Chapter Four: Challenging the Community: The 1980s
Chapter Five: Contradicting Voices within the Community: The 1990s
Chapter Six: Consuming the Community: The 2000s
Chapter Seven: Conclusion: Changing Images, Changing Communities
Veronika Koller received her PhD from Vienna University (2003). She was appointed as lecturer to the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University in 2004.