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Lesbian disPossession : the apparitionalization and sensationalization of female homosexuality in A. S. Byatt's Possession: A Romance

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Samantha Carroll
The author unearths the retrograde politics of lesbian sexuality that inform A. S. Byatt’s Possession: A Romance. She investigates Possession’s use of blanching metaphors and spectral intertextualization (from James to Coleridge) by which Blanche Glover’s lesbianism is apparitionalized. Parallels are also drawn between Glover/Leonora Stern and the construction of “good”/“dangerous” homosexuals in UK parliamentary discourse attending the Section 28 amendment, which sought legally to curtail homosexual visibility in the late 1980s, when Possession was written.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

49

Issue

4

Start Page

357

End Page

378

Number of Pages

22

eISSN

1939-9138

ISSN

0011-1619

Location

Washington, DC

Publisher

Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Critique (Washington) : studies in contemporary fiction.

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