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“Married Among Their Companions”: Female-Female Relations in Premodern Erotica

  • Ruth Vanita

Abstract

Before the twentieth century, explicit depiction of same-sex sexual relations was found mainly in erotic literature, much of it written by men. Shunned by Victorian litterateurs as obscene and dismissed by many feminists as degrading to women, these depictions have not until recently received serious attention. While gay male historians often acknowledge and draw on these writings, lesbian historians, influenced by feminism, tend to characterize them negatively.1

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Chapter 8 “Married Among Their Companions”: Female-Female Relations in Premodern Erotica

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    Havelock Ellis, Studies in the Psychology of Sex (1900; New York: Random House, 1942), I, 208–09.Google Scholar

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