1st Edition

Lesbian Studies: Setting an Agenda

By Tamsin Wilton Copyright 1995
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Neither women's studies nor lesbian and gay studies offers an adequate theoretical or political base for lesbian scholarship. Lesbian Studies: Setting and Agenda aim to promote lesbian studies as an academic and political approach to both gender and the erotic, and to clarify the damaging influence of heterosexism across a range of disciplines.
    Drawing on feminism and queer theory, Tamsin Wilton argues that `lesbian' is a theoretical position which must be widely available in order to challenge the dominance of the heterosexual perspective. Engaging with theoretical and political debates, the book moves beyond its role of setting an agenda for lesbian studies into a wider role as resource and catalysts for anyone interested in gender and the erotic.

    Introduction: lesbian what? 1 Deviant pedagogies: the nature of lesbian studies 2 The nature of the beast: what is a lesbian? 3 Invisible and erased: uses and abuses of history 4 What is this thing called? Models of sexual identity 5 Orthodoxy within disobedience: lesbians and feminists 6 Stories and storytellers: lesbian literary studies 7 Lesbians studying culture: studying lesbian culture 8 The social lesbian 9 Subject to control: lesbians and the state


    Tamsin Wilton is Senior Lecturer in Health Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol.