The Older Lesbian as Predator: Dorothy Baker’s Trio: A Novel (1943)



In this chapter, Hess analyzes Dorothy Baker’s Trio: A Novel (1943). She illuminates age and sexuality as narrative mechanisms of exclusion that converge in such a way that they permit only certain visions of the future while eliminating others. The analysis draws attention to Baker’s heavy reliance on the dichotomy of older lesbian predator and younger innocent victim in her depiction of lesbian aging and highlights the novel’s construction of deviations from the heteronormative timeline as corrupting, “unhealthy,” and ultimately fatal if not corrected in time. The latter part of the chapter engages José Muñoz’s and Elizabeth Freeman’s views on queer futurity, addressing Trio’s ending and the more critical glimpse it allows of the violent policing mechanisms which uphold the system of chrononormativity.


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  1. 1.Goethe University FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany

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