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Citizen, Invert, Queer – Lesbianism and War in Early Twentieth-Century Britain - Minnesota Scholarship Online
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Citizen, Invert, Queer: Lesbianism and War in Early Twentieth-Century Britain

Deborah Cohler


In late nineteenth-century England, “mannish” women were considered socially deviant but not homosexual. A half-century later, such masculinity equaled lesbianism in the public imagination. How did this shift occur? This book illustrates that the equation of female masculinity with female homosexuality is a relatively recent phenomenon, a result of changes in national and racial as well as sexual discourses in early twentieth-century public culture. Incorporating cultural histories of prewar women’s suffrage debates, British sexology, women’s work on the home front during World War I, and disc ... More

Keywords: mannish women, homosexual, masculinity, lesbianism, female masculinity, female homosexuality, sexual discourses, British sexology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780816649754
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816649754.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Cohler, author
Deborah Cohler is Associate Professor of Women & Gender Studies at San Francisco State University