Lesbian studies after the lesbian postmodern: Toward a new genealogy

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While Lesbian Studies is established as a commodity in the academic marketplace, its disciplinary contours are rather more obscure-and even more problematically, its disciplinary genealogy remains somewhat crude. The dominant genealogy of Lesbian Studies might best be characterized as a 'collision model,' a battle between politics and theory, even though much existing scholarship draws on both Lesbian-Feminist Theory and Queer Theory.1 This article proposes that the tools and methods of a sub-field called 'Lesbian Cultural History' might be useful in generating other historical accounts of the origins and evolution of Lesbian Studies. Such a project is vital because the writing of our disciplinary History clarifies how we envision a disciplinary future. © by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-35
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Lesbian Studies
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • 'Politics versus theory'
  • Disciplinary genealogy
  • Lesbian cultural history
  • Lesbian Studies


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