The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture


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State University of New York Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Bonnie J. Morris is Adjunct Professor of Women's Studies at both George Washington University and Georgetown University. She is the author of several books, including Eden Built by Eves: The Culture of Women's Music Festivals and Lubavitcher Women in America: Identity and Activism in the Postwar Era, also published by SUNY Press.


"Morris' work provides a rich, complex, and moreover vital contribution in the production and preservation of collective memory and herstory ... [it] is needed in the classroom, in gender and women's study courses, and to be used as foundational knowledge by which we might connect ourselves in an intergeneration lesbian conversation." -- Sinister Wisdom

"Morris weaves an artful quilt of scholarly research, primary source material, and personal anecdotes in an effort to preserve the history of quickly vanishing, uniquely lesbian-identified spaces." -- Gay & Lesbian Review

" extraordinarily thoughtful and thought-provoking read. Exceptionally well written." -- Midwest Book Review

"...engaging ... Highly recommended." -- CHOICE

"...fabulous ... This book is so rich, so wonderful, so enormous an undertaking, and so well written that it is hard to describe what a treasure it is ... The Disappearing L should be included in every history course in high schools and universities. It should be read by every lesbian who was there--and by every lesbian not fortunate enough to have experienced our golden era for herself. This book shines a light on the miracle we all created." -- Lesbian Connection

"The Disappearing L is both an 'insider' story and a well-written analysis of a neglected piece of cultural history. Morris delivers convincing arguments about why the lesbian-feminist era was important not only to the individuals who lived it but also to a broader understanding of what has come to be called 'LGBT' history. No one could be better positioned to write this book than Morris." -- Lillian Faderman, author of The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle