Looking Like What You Are: Sexual Style, Race, and Lesbian by Lisa Walker

By Lisa Walker

Looks could be deceiving, and in a society the place one's prestige and entry to chance are principally attendant on actual visual appeal, the problem of ways distinction is built and interpreted, embraced or effaced, is of super import.

Lisa Walker examines this factor with a spotlight at the questions of what it skill to seem like a lesbian, and what it ability to be a lesbian yet to not seem like one. She analyzes the historic construction of the lesbian physique as marked, and experiences how lesbians have used the common analogy among racial distinction and sexual orientation to craft, emphasize, or deny actual distinction. specifically, she explores the consequences of a predominantly seen version of sexual identification for the female lesbian, who's either marked and unmarked, wanted and disavowed.

Walker's textual research cuts throughout various genres, together with modernist fiction equivalent to The good of Loneliness and Wide Sargasso Sea, pulp fiction of the Harlem Renaissance, the Fifties and the Nineteen Sixties, post-modern literature as Michelle Cliff's Abeng, and queer theory.

In the book's ultimate bankruptcy, "How to acknowledge a Lesbian," Walker argues that recommendations of visibility are now and then deconstructed, now and then reinscribed inside modern lesbian-feminist theory.

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