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Secrecy and Sapphic Modernism

Reading Romans à Clef Between the Wars

Authors: Nair, S.

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Novels by significant Modernist authors can be described as romans à clef , providing insight into restrictions governing the representation of female homosexuality in the early twentieth century. Nair argues that key novels of the period represented same-sex desire through the encryption of personal references directed towards coterie audiences.

About the authors

SASHI NAIR is based at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include queer and feminist literary studies, modernist women's writing, and intersections between queer and postcolonial writing in male and female-authored texts of the early twentieth century. She has published articles on Sapphic modernism and Chaucer's 'Troilus and Criseyde'.  

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'Sashi Nair brings a theoretically deft hand to the literature of lesbian modernity. In persuasive, readable, and scholarly prose, Secrecy and Sapphic Modernism brings recent queer theoretical work on affect and normativity into dialogue with concepts of public, private, and counter-publics through artful close readings and rigorous archival work. A strong contribution to the field.' - Deborah Cohler, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, San Francisco State University, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Screening desire in the Sapphic modernist roman à clef

    Pages 1-35

    Nair, Sashi

  • ‘Moral poison’: Radclyffe Hall and The Well of Loneliness

    Pages 36-68

    Nair, Sashi

  • ‘On her lips you kiss your own’: Theorizing desire in Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood

    Pages 69-94

    Nair, Sashi

  • ‘Truth & fantasy’: Virginia Woolf’s Orlando as Sapphic roman à clef

    Pages 95-118

    Nair, Sashi

  • ‘Gertrude, the world is a theatre for you’: Staging the self in The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

    Pages 119-151

    Nair, Sashi

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Hardcover $105.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Secrecy and Sapphic Modernism
Book Subtitle
Reading Romans à Clef Between the Wars
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-35618-4
DOI
10.1057/9780230356184
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-29837-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33454-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 207
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