marshtide: (Snufkin - The traveller)
Read & enjoyed Inseparable - nonfiction by Emma Donoghue about relationships between women in fiction (mostly English & French lit and plays, which seem to mostly fall between the 1600s and the mid 20th century, with outliers). Learnt things, got interesting lines of reference to chase up, enjoyed the writing style. It covers both deliberately lesbian/queer/terminology-of-choice fiction and stories featuring unspecified but intense relationships between women, and pokes through books that are considered classics (or infamous) and books that are completely obscure without discrimination.

(...I also guiltily suspect that reading about some of these stories is approximately a million times more fun than actually reading the story in question. Possibly this makes me a bad person, but then again, you try actually reading The Well of Loneliness.)

ETA: & you know, every time I read about melodramatic Victorian and early 20th century lesbian fiction (term used loosely) I end up thinking of Ikeda Riyoko. Oh Ikeda Riyoko. It's like you had a checklist sometimes.

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