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Lesbian Pulp Fiction: The Sexually Intrepid World of Lesbian Paperback Novels 1950-1965

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Are the pulps more about empowerment than perversity? More literature than lust? While much that's been written about lesbian pulp novels to date has emphasized their camp appeal, Forrest reaches beyond the sleazy covers and sensationalized jacket copy to demonstrate these dime novels' literary strengths and their role in bringing solace and solidarity to postwar lesbians. The covers may have screamed warnings of a twilight world where freakish "third sex" predators shattered innocent lives, but as Forrest shows, lesbian love fared far better inside the pages.

Within these novels, strong erotic elements play off intelligent, self-sufficient characters, and love between women is nurturing and satisfying. And while boy still usually gets girl in the end, Forrest's selections from nearly 20 women pulp authors--several of them recently returned to print--supports her theory of the subversive power of this genre.
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Title Annotation:Lesbian Pulp Fiction: The Sexually Intrepid World of Lesbian Paperback Novels, 1950-1965
Author:Parks, Joy
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jun 21, 2005
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