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Updated 14 May 2012

Modern Lesbian History

Ainley, Rosa
What Is She Like?: Lesbian Identities from the 1950s to the 1990s. London: Cassell, 1995.
Beacon Press
Improper Bostonians: Lesbians and Gay Heritage from the Puritans to Playland. Beacon Press, 1999.
Bonnet, Marie-Jo
Les relations amoureuses entre les femmes. Paris: Odile Jacob, 1995.
Carlston, Erin G.
Thinking Fascism: Sapphic Modernism and Fascist Modernity. Stanford University Press, 1998.
Castle, Terry
The Apparitional Lesbian: Female Homosexuality and Modern Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.
Chauncey, George, Jr.
"From sexual inversion to homosexuality: medicine and the changing conceptualization of female feviance", Salmagundi (1982/83), pp. 114-46.
Cohen, Daniel A. (ed.)
"Female Marine" and Related Works: Narratives of Cross-dressing and Urban Vice in America's Early Republic. University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.
Davis, Madeline and Kennedy, Elizabeth Lapovsky
"Oral history and the study of sexuality in the lesbian community: Buffalo, New York, 1940-1960", Feminist Studies, 12, 1 (Spring 1986), 7-28.
Doan, Laura
Fashioning Sapphism: The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.
Faderman, Lillian and Timmons, Stuart
Gay L. A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians (Basic Books, 2006)
Faderman, Lillian
Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America. New York: Columbia University Press, 1991.
Faderman, Lillian
Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present. Reprint 2000
Faderman, Lillian
To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America – A History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Ford, Ruth
"Lesbians and loose women: Female sexuality and the women's services during World War II", in J. Damousi and M. Lake (eds), Gender and War: Australians at War in the 20th Century, Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Ford, Ruth
Speculating on scrapbooks, sex and desire: Issues in Lesbian History", Australian Historical Journal, 106, April 1996.
Forrest, Katherine V., ed.
Lesbian Pulp Fiction: The Sexually Intrepid World of Lesbian Paperback Novels 1950-1965 (Cleis Press, 2005). Collection of excerpts from lesbian pulps by Ann Bannon, Vin Packer, Marion Zimmer Bradley and many others, with brief introductions. Review.
Grier, Barbara, and Reid, Coletta (eds)
Lesbian Lives: Biographies of Women from the Ladder. Oakland, CA: Diana Press, 1976. Includes Amelia Earhart, Colette, Willa Cather, Marie Antoinette, Sarah Teasdale, Rosa Bonheur, Madame de Stael, Dorothy Thompson, Edith Hamilton, Mary Wollstonecraft.
Griffin, Gabriele (ed.)
Outwrite: Lesbianism and Popular Culture. London and Boulder, Colorado: Pluto Press, 1993.
Halberstam, Judith
Female Masculinity. Duke University Press, 1998
Hennegen, Alison
"Lesbians in Literature", Gay Left, no. 9, 1979, pp. 20-5.
Hennegen, Alison
"On Becoming a Lesbian Reader", in S. Radstone (ed.), Sweet Dreams: Sexuality, Gender and Popular Fiction. London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1988, pp. 165-90.
Harris, Bertha
"The more profound nationality of their lesbianism: Lesbian society in Paris in the 1920's", in Phyllis Birkby et al. (eds), Amazon Expedition: A Lesbian Feminist Anthology. New York: Times Change Press, 1973, pp. 77-88. Discusses Natalie Barney, Romaine Brooks, Colette, Gertrude Stein, Alice Toklas.
Jeffreys, Sheila
"Butch and femme: Now and then", in Lesbian History Group, Not a Passing Phase (1989, 1993), 158-87 (earlier version pub. 1987).
Jeffreys, Sheila
"Does it matter if they did it?", in Lesbian History Group, Not a Passing Phase (1989, 1993), 19-28 (orig. pub. 1984).
Jeffreys, Sheila
The Spinster and Her Enemies: Feminism and Sexuality 1880-1930. London: Pandora, 1985.
Jennings, Rebecca
"From 'woman-loving woman' to 'queer': Historiographical perspectives on twentieth-century British lesbian history", History Compass, 5:6 (2007), 1901-20.
Jennings, Rebecca
"The Gateways club and the emergence of a post-Second World War lesbian subculture", Social History [London], 31:2 (2006), 206-25.
Jennings, Rebecca
A Lesbian History of Britain: Love and Sex Between Women Since 1500. Greenwood World Publishing, September 2008. Guardian Review
Jennings, Rebecca
"Lesbian Voices: The Hall Carpenter Oral History Archive and the Politics of British Lesbian History", Sexualities 7:4 (2004): 430-445.
Jennings, Rebecca
Tomboys and Bachelor Girls: A Lesbian History of Post-war Britain, 1945-71. (Manchester University Press, July 2007).
Johnson, Pam
"Edith Simcox and heterosexism in biography: a lesbian- feminist exploration", in Lesbian History Group, Not a Passing Phase (1989, 1993), 55-76.
Kennedy, Elizabeth Lapovsky
"But we would never talk about it: the structures of lesbian discretion in South Dakota, 1928-1933", in Ellen Lewin (ed.), Inventing Lesbian Cultures in America, Boston: Beacon Press, 1996.
Kennedy, Elizabeth Lapovsky and Davis, Madeline
"`They was no one to mess with': The construction of the butch role in the lesbian community of the 1940s and 1950s", in Nestle, The Persistent Desire (1992), pp. 62-79.
Koski, Fran and Maida Tilchen
"Some Pulp Sappho", in Lesbian Feminist Writing and Publishing, special issue of Margins Magazine, No. 8 (1975).
Lesbian History Group (ed.)
Not a Passing Phase: Reclaiming Lesbians in History 1840-1985. London: Women's Press, 1989.
Lister, Anne
I Know My Own Heart: The Diaries [1817-1824] of Anne Lister (1791-1840), ed. Helena Whitbread. London: Virago, 1988.
Lister, Anne
No Priest But Love: Excerpts from the Diaries of Anne Lister, 1824-1826, ed. Helena Whitbread. Otley, West Yorkshire: Smith Settle, 1992.
MacCowan, Lyndall
"Re-collecting history, renaming lives: Femme stigma and the feminist seventies and eighties", in Nestle, The Persistent Desire (1992), pp. 299-328.
Martin, Sylvia
Passionate Friends: Mary Fullerton, Mabel Singleton and Miles Franklin. London: Onlywomen Press, 2001. The life of Australian writer Mary Fullerton (1868-1946) and her life-long companion Mabel Singleton and their circle.
Miller, Elaine
"Through all changes and through all chances: The relationship of Ellen Nussey and Charlotte Bronte", in Lesbian History Group, Not a Passing Phase (1989, 1993), 29-54.
Munt, Sally R., with photographs by Cherry Smith
Butch/Femme: Inside Lesbian Gender. Cassell, 1998 reissue
Newman, Sally
"The archival traces of desire: Vernon Lee's failed sexuality and the interpretation of letters in lesbian history", Journal of the History of Sexuality, 14:1/2 (2005), 51-75.
Newton, Esther
"The mythic mannish lesbian: Radclyffe Hall and the New Woman", Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 9, 4 (1984), 557-75. Reprinted in Duberman et al., Hidden from History, 1989, pp. 281-93.
Oram, Alison
"Cross-dressing and transgender", in H. G. Cocks and Matt Houlbrook (eds), The Modern History of Sexuality, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
Oram, Alison
"Feminism, androgyny and love between women in Urania 1916-1940", Media History, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2001.
Oram, Alison
"'Her husband was a woman!' Women's gender-crossing and modern British popular culture", London: Routledge, 2007.
Oran, Alison
"Lesbian historical writing in the twentieth century", in Mary Spongberg, Barbara Caine and Ann Curthous (eds), Companion to Women's Historical Writing, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Oram, Alison
"'A sudden orgy of decadence': Writing about sex between women in the interwar popular press", in Laura Doan and Jane Garrity (eds), Sapphic Modernities: Sexuality, Women and National Culture, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
Oram, Alison
"'To cook dinners with love in them'?: Sexuality, marital status and women teachers in England and Wales, 1920-1939", in K. Weiler and S. Middleton (eds), Telling Women's Lives: Narrative Inquiries in the History of Women's Education, Buckingham: Open University Press, 1999.
Oram, Alison and Turnbull, Annmarie
Lesbian History Sourcebook: Love and Sex Between Women in Britain, 1780-1970. Routledge, 2001.
Rich, Adrienne
"Compulsory heterosexuality and lesbian existence" (orig. pub. 1982), in Abelove et al., The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader (1993), 227-54.
Rule, Jane
Lesbian Images. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1975. Includes: Radclyffe Hall, Gertrude Stein, Willa Cather, Vita Sackville-West, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Elizabeth Bowen, Colette, Violette Leduc, Margaret Anderson, Dorothy Baker, May Sarton, Maureen Duffy.
Schoppmann, Claudia
Days of Masquerade: Life Stories of Lesbians During the Third Reich.
Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll
"Discourses of sexuality and subjectivity: the New Woman, 1870-1936", orig. pub. 1985, reprinted in Duberman et al., Hidden from History, 1989, pp. 264-80.
Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll
"The female world of love and ritual: relations between women in nineteenth-century America", Signs, 1 (Autumn 1975), pp. 1-29. A seminal essay.
Stanley, Liz
"Epistemological issues in researching lesbian history: the case of romantic friendship", in Hilary Hinds, Ann Phoenix and Jackie Stacey (eds), Working Out: New Directions for Women's Studies, Falmer Press, 1992.
Thorpe, Rochella
"A house where queers go: African-American lesbian nightlife in Detroit, 1940-1975", in Ellen Lewin (ed.), Inventing Lesbian Cultures in America, Boston: Beacon Press, 1996.
Turner, Kay (ed.)
Dear Sappho: A Legacy of Lesbian Love Letters. London: Thames & Hudson, 1996.
Vicinus, Martha
Intimate Friends: Women Who Loved Women, 1778-1928. University of Chicago Press, 2004. Review.
Weiss, Andrea
Paris Was a Woman, new edn. Pandora Press, 1998.

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