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Awfully Devoted Women

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Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: Awfully Devoted Odd Women 1 Relationships Between Women: The "knitting together of mind and spirit" 2 Lesbian Social Worlds, 1900-50: "So there seems to be a fair amount of it about" 3 Physical Sexuality: "How did you get here Miss Brown?" Part 2: Lesbian Lives after the Second World War 4 Growing Up under Heteronormativity 5 Sexual Relationships in Postwar Canada: "We found our way to it easily enough" 6 Making the Unspoken Plain: Sexual Practice 7 Relationships: Lesbian Couples and Their Families 8 Middle-Class Lesbian Community in the 1950s and 1960s Conclusion Notes Selected Bibliography Index

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This intimate study of the lives of middle-class lesbians who came of age before the gay rights movement unveils a previously unknown world of private relationships, discreet social networks, and love.

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Cameron Duder is an independent researcher based in Vancouver. His research interests include sexuality, transgender studies, and the history of mental health.


An excellent contribution to canadian lesbian historiography and to the growing literature on gender and sexuality. Highly recommended. -- D.A. Chekki, University of Winnipeg * CHOICE, Vol. 48, No. 3 * Engaging and accessible without slacking on the analysis, this book is required reading for anybody with an interest in the history of lady-lovin' ladies. -- Kate Zieman * *

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