CHAPTER 2: Butch/Femme Relationships in Works of Fiction as a Challenge to Heterosexist Paradigms

Pernal, Mary
January 2002
Explorations in Contemporary Feminist Literature;2002, p29
Book Chapter
The chapter discusses the representations of butch/femme identities in contemporary literature in North America. These representations can either reinforce or challenge hierarchical gender paradigms found in traditional heterosexual relationships. The author asserts that when writers address very specific experiences of transgendered and lesbian butch/femme existence, these identities apply to a limited population. The author also features the role of women authors in literature.


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