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Representing the Lesbian in Law and Literature


Anne Goldstein


Western New England University School of Law

December 21, 2011

REPRESENTING WOMEN: LAW, LITERATURE AND FEMINISM, p. 356, Susan Sage Heinzelman, Zipporah Batshaw Wisemam, eds., Duke University Press, 1994

Abstract:     
This Essay addresses the question "what is involved in representing a lesbian?" In two contexts, law and literature. Its premise is that the work of novelists is enough like the work of lawyers that lawyers can learn how to represent lesbian clients better by studying books with lesbian characters. This is a preliminary, anecdotal, and impressionistic effort. The Author relies upon several systematic surveys of the field and her seven years' experience as a litigator and eight years' further reading and reflection about the problems and strategies of representing lesbians. The Essay begins by exploring the general problem of representing lesbian clients. Then, after a broadbrush survey of lesbian literature, with particular attention to the problems of character construction and presentation, it explores ways images of lesbians from literature have been used, and ways they could be used, to represent the lesbian clients in two paradigmatic cases.

Keywords: lesbian, lesbian novels, lesbian clients, representing lesbians, civil rights and discrimination

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Date posted: December 22, 2011  

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Goldstein, Anne, Representing the Lesbian in Law and Literature (December 21, 2011). REPRESENTING WOMEN: LAW, LITERATURE AND FEMINISM, p. 356, Susan Sage Heinzelman, Zipporah Batshaw Wisemam, eds., Duke University Press, 1994. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1975338

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Anne Goldstein (Contact Author)
Western New England University School of Law ( email )
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
United States

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