Palatable Poison: Critical Perspectives on the Well of Loneliness

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Adrienne Rich, “It Is the Lesbian in Us …,” in On Lies, Secrets, and Silence (London: Virago Press, 1986), p. 201.
Letter dated early November 1928, in Nigel Nicolson and Joanne Trautmann, eds., A Change of Perspective: The Letters of Virginia Woolf, vol. 3, 1923–1928 (London: Hogarth Press, 1977), p. 556.
Entry dated August 31, 1928, in Anne Olivier Bell, ed., The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 3, 1925–1930 (London: Hogarth Press, 1980), p. 193.
Two important critical readings that open up a dialogue between The Well of Loneliness and its modernist counterparts are Jane Marcus, “Sapphistory: The Woolf and the Well,” in Karla Jay and Joanne Glasgow, eds., Lesbian Texts and Contexts (London: Onlywomen Press, 1992), pp. 164–180 and Bonnie Kime Scott, Refiguring Modernism, vol. 1, The Women of 1928 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995).
Makiko Minow, “Versions of Female Modernism: A Review Article,” News from Nowhere 7 (Winter 1989): 67.
As Erin Carlston notes, Sapphic Modernism is “a highly contested term.” For some of these “contestations” see Shari Benstock, “Expatriate Sapphic Modernism: Entering Literary History,” in Jay and Glasgow, eds., Lesbian Texts and Contexts,pp. 183–203; Erin Carlston, Thinking Fascism: Sapphic Modernism and Fascist Modernity (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998); Corinne E. Blackmer, “Lesbian Modernism in the Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein,” in Eileen Barrett and Patricia Cramer, eds., Virginia Woolf: Lesbian Readings (New York: New York University Press, 1997), pp. 78–94; Diana Collecott, H.D. and Sapphic Modernity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999); Nicky Hallett, Lesbian Lives: Identity and Auto/biography in the Twentieth Century (London: Pluto Press, 1999); Joanne Winning, The Pilgrimage of Dorothy Richardson (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000).
Benstock,“Expatriate Sapphic Modernism,” p. 185.
Marianne Dekoven,“‘Excellent Not a Hull House’: Gertrude Stein, Jane Addams, and Feminist-Modernist Political Culture,” in Lisa Rado, ed., Rereading Modernism: New Directions in Feminist Criticism (New York: Garland Press, 1994), p. 321.
Beverley Brown, “‘A Disgusting Book When Properly Read’: The Obscenity Trial,” Hecate 10, no. 2 (1984): 13.
See Djuna Barnes, Ladies Almanack (1928; reprint, Elmwood Park, Ill.: Dalkey Archive Press, 1992).


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