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While has utilizing the time period “lesbian” now not been thought of an anachronistic gesture? this question lies on the middle of this crucial new choice of essays. The Lesbian Premodern engages key students in lesbian reports and queer conception in an leading edge dialog in print. Transgressing conventional interval barriers, The Lesbian Premodern students to pay complete cognizance to major and sometimes ignored theoretical, empirical, and textual paintings on woman same-sex wish and identification in premodern cultures. This provocative publication bargains an intensive new method for writing theories and histories of sexuality.

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1057/9780230117198 - The Lesbian Premodern, Edited by Noreen Giffney, Michelle M. 1057/9780230117198 - The Lesbian Premodern, Edited by Noreen Giffney, Michelle M. 1057/9780230117198 - The Lesbian Premodern, Edited by Noreen Giffney, Michelle M. 1057/9780230117198 - The Lesbian Premodern, Edited by Noreen Giffney, Michelle M. indd 20 11/29/2010 2:22:55 PM THE PRESENT FUTURE OF LESBIAN HISTORIOGRAPHY Valerie Traub T his essay attempts to think through some of the larger methodological issues that currently face the field of lesbian history.

Each of these themes assumes different contours, contents, and emphases when examined from historically specific locations. Some of them have been discussed at length in gay/lesbian/queer scholarship; others have hardly been raised. Some have settled in one or another historical location; others have been assumed to possess no past. 1057/9780230117198 - The Lesbian Premodern, Edited by Noreen Giffney, Michelle M. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-08 VA L E R I E T R A U B 31 understood—or not understood—themselves, but in the aggregate they allow us to appreciate the extent to which their powers of definition extend across discrete historical moments, and thus beyond the subjects so defined by them.

It is less that there exist transhistorical categories that comprise and subsume historical variation than that certain perennial logics and definitions remain useful, across time, for conceptualizing the meaning of female bodies and bonds. Emerging at certain moments, silently disappearing from view, and then reemerging as particularly relevant (or explosively volatile), these recurrent explanatory logics seem to underlie the organization, and reorganization, of women’s erotic life. Sometimes these preoccupations arise as repeated expressions of identical concerns; sometimes they emerge under an altered guise.

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