Sapphistries: A Global History of Love Between Women

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New York University Press
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6.38 X 8.94 X 0.95 inches | 1.26 pounds

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About the Author

Leila J. Rupp is Professor of Feminist Studies and Associate Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is author of many books, including A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Sexuality in America.

"Sapphistries is amazing.."--John D'Emilio, author of Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America
"Judicious, copious, scholarly and heartfelt, it will appeal equally to general readers and serious historians for its carefully chosen content and its novel methodology... As to methodology, Rupp is an old school historian who scrupulously recognizes the limitations of her craft, but who doesnt let those limitations keep her from rich imaginings and a refreshingly humane interest in the historical record... Sixty six pages of endnotes attest to the seriousness of the work; over two hundred pages of lucid and accessible prose make history fun again."--Salem Press, Magill Book Reviews
"A fascinating book about the history of same-sex female attraction. . .reminds the reader all too poignantly never to take hard-won sexual freedoms for granted."--Bust Magazine
"The narrative shines when Rupp describes love between women in its many forms, whether innocent (the schoolgirl & raves of early twentieth-century England) or romantic (intense & romantic friendships throughout the Western world) or outright erotic. With acute cultural sensitivity and a panoramic scope stretching from early Native American societies to contemporary India, Rupp delivers an academically rigorous and brilliantly told history."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Rupps intellectually ambitious monograph attempts to present and trace the diverse threads of lesbian history in a worldwide and comparative framework... The resulting text is thought-provoking, readable, and challenging and belongs in every college and university library."--CHOICE
"Sapphistries: A Global History of Love Between Women achieves what it set out to do by providing an overview of lesbian love from a historical and cultural perspective."
"Rupps sweeping and highly readable synthesis of womens same-sex love and sexuality is also a finely crafted work of historical analysis. Her deep knowledge of the sources, from ancient to modern times, is truly impressive, while her use of literary imaginings make this a unique contribution to sexuality studies."--Estelle Freedman, author of No Turning Back
"This is a useful source text that expands, rather than contracts, the interpretations of erotic subjectivities among women who desire women."--Historian
"Rupp has given us an invaluable history that promises to inform and inspire."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Rupp succeeds in writing a fascinating and at times startling transnational history. . . . The range of this book is extraordinary. . . . Rupp has given us an invaluable history that promises to inform and inspire."--The San Francisco Chronicle
"Every decade or so, a brave thinker makes an attempt to chart the historical maps of women loving women. Rupps contribution is perhaps one of the most elegant and interestingmaking up for the lapses of the past, Sapphistries sails an international course, giving us a rich mix of historical sources and an even richer gift of asking questions at just the right places."--Joan Nestle, co-editor of GenderQueer