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Out of sight, out of mind? Theorizing femme narrative

Hemmings, Clare (1999) Out of sight, out of mind? Theorizing femme narrative. Sexualities, 2 (4). pp. 451-464. ISSN 1363-4607

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Identification Number: 10.1177/136346099002004005


This article addresses the issue of femme subjectivity in relation to a range of theoretical and cultural texts. It considers the lasting legacy of Havelock Ellis's construction of the feminine invert, particularly in terms of the importance of the gendered gaze in producing sexual location. The article traces dominant and resistant femme narrative, and asks how we might begin to think through femme subjectivity and identity differently. It is argued that, unlike the contemporary butch, the femme cannot be positioned as the lesbian flâneur. Instead, possibilities are suggested that might be opened up by considering the femme as `passante', particularly insofar as she eludes her biographer's gaze.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 1999 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:43

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