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Download Diana A Strange Autobiography The Cutting EdgeLesbian Life and Literature Series kindle ¶ 282 pages ¿ danpashley Å ❴Download❵ ➵ Diana A Strange Autobiography The Cutting EdgeLesbian Life and Literature Series Author DiaAr struggle with two other women for the individual salvation to be found in a happy couple In her introduction Julie Abraham argues that Diana is not really an autobiography at all but a deliberate synthesis of different archetypes of this confessional genre echoing as it does than a half dozen novels Hitting all the high and low points of the lesbian novel the book Abraham illustrates offers a defense of lesbian relationships that was unprecedented in 1939 and radical for decades afterwar This book was interesting to readI reserved it from the library after seeing it on History Detectives on PBS It was pretty good

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This is the unusual and compelling story of Diana a tantalizingly beautiful woman who sought love in the strange by paths of Lesbos Fearless and outspoken it dares to reveal that hidden world where perfumed caresses and half whispered endearments constitute the forbidden fruits in a Garden of Eden where men are never accepted This is how Diana A Strange Autobiography was described when it was published in paperback in 1952 The original 1939 hardcover edition carried with it a Publisher's No A novel in desperate need of further exploration and consideration both by myself and others Written by Diana Frederics a pseudonym but that’s a whole separate utterly fascinating story in and of itself and published in 1939 by the Citadel Press just a glance through the chapter names listed in the table of contents announces its disarmingly forthright approach towards its so called “strange” content “Am I A Lesbian?” “‘I Am A Lesbian’” “Leslie and I Become Lovers” etc Throughout The Well of Loneliness Radclyffe Hall embroiders her representation of lesbian desires and lives with–and ultimately deadening—metaphors and other explicit literary devices; Diana resolutely opts for the opposite tack Consider “With this acknowledgment of my homosexuality I discovered myself; now I had something to go on It was like being born all over again and the relief I felt astonished me I had so to speak nothing left to be worried about My fears were all confirmed I was determined to respect myself for what I was lesbianism be damned”Well yes not exactly a final pronouncement that jibes easily within our contemporary rhetoric of relentless pro ueer self affirmation but I will attest that after reading so many books from this period –and let’s be frank from all eras—where this same realization is accompanied by utter despair followed by a uick inevitably sad downward spiral the clear eyed no nonsense attitude displayed by Diana’s eponymous subject had nothing less than a lightening effect on me With a rather spare declarative style it doesn’t take that long for Diana to pragmatically grasp evaluate the facts of her life and then set forth to make the best of things And while there are inevitable complications along the way she does manage to do pretty darn well for herself and the fact that the concluding chapter of the novel is titled “Fulfillment” says uite lot If this perspective came as a bit of a happy shock for me in 2014 I can only imagine its effect on a similarly sympathetic reader in 1939 The few scholarly considerations I’ve been able to find regarding Diana most particularly Julie Abraham’s introduction to a 1995 reprinting by the NYU Press take a surprisingly critical stance toward the novel tending to focus on what the novel is not as opposed to the many things it is But for my part Diana was surely one of the great revelations of my reading yearOriginally written for a post about Reading ueerly in 2014 over at my blog ueer Modernisms

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Diana A Strange Autobiography The Cutting EdgeLesbian Life and Literature SeriesTe This is the autobiography of a woman who tried to be normal In the book Diana is presented as the unexceptional daughter of an unexceptional plutocratic family During adolescence she finds herself drawn with mysterious intensity to a girl friend The narrative follows Diana's progress through college; a trial marriage that proves she is incapable of heterosexuality; intellectual and sexual education in Europe; and a series of lesbian relationships culminating in a final tormented triangul Like most people who've ever heard of this book I first learned of it on the PBS TV show The History Detectives where an original edition of it was featured on an episode I'm a big HD fan this was an excellent episode; in the course of trying to discover the true author of Diana Tufuku exasperatedly explains to viewers that gays and lesbians experienced uncalled for amounts of discrimination in mid 20th century America Discrimination I was curious about this 1939 book that somehow avoided offing its lesbian lead character in tragic murder or suicide as many books in this genre would do for decades to come Possibly thanks to the HD exposure a new edition of Diana was released recently When a good friend and fellow HD fan gave me a copy for Christmas I was excited but also a little hesitant; just because a book is historically interesting doesn't mean it is well written But as a novel it turned out not to be half bad And it is worlds ahead of its time in showing a self aware lesbian hero in a positive light