Cross-Purposes

Cross-Purposes

Lesbians, Feminists, and the Limits of Alliance
Edited by Dana Heller
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/1/1997
Format: paper 248 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21084-5
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“. . . innovative and important thinking about the various relations between feminist theory, queer theory, and lesbian theory, as well as the possibility that liberation can be mutual rather than mutually exclusive.” —Lambda Book Report

“Challenging and interesting.” —Just Out

A collection of fifteen interdisciplinary essays examining the history, current condition, and evolving shape of lesbian alliances with U.S. feminists. Contributors explore the social and aesthetic significance of the terms “lesbian” and “feminist” with the interest of reforming and strengthening them.

Author Bio

Dana Heller, Associate Professor of English at Old Dominion University, is the author of Family Plots: The De-Oedipalization of Popular Culture and The Feminization of Quest-Romance: Radical Departures.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
“Purposes: An Introduction,” by Dana Heller
I. Crossings
“Obstructive Behavior: Dykes in the Mainstream of Feminist Theory,” by Carolyn M. Dever
“Fem/Les Scramble,” by Teresa de Lauretis
“Skin deep: Lesbian Interventions in Language,” by Ruth Salvaggio
“The White Negress and the Heavy Duty Dyke,” by Tania Modleski
II. Collisions
“Sexuality Versus Gender: A Kind of Mistake?” by Colleen Lamos
“When Lambs and Aliens Meet: Girl-faggots and Boy-dykes Go to the Movies,” by Michele

Aina Barale
“When Experience and Representation Collide: Lesbians, Feminists, and the AIDS Crisis,”

by Katie Hogan
“Feminism Without Women”: A Lesbian Reassurance, by Annamarie Jagose
“Supermodels of Lesbian Chic: Camille Paglia Revamps Lesbian/Feminism (while Susie

Bright Retools),”, by Jane Caputi and Karman Kregloe