Fatally Flawed? : Discursive Evidence from the Movement to Establish Lesbian Studies Programs
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Taylor, Catherine. "Fatally flawed? Discursive evidence from the movement to establish Lesbian Studies programs." Feminism & Psychology 20(4) (2011): 218–227. DOI: 10.1177/0959353510370181.
While related areas such as Queer Studies and Sexuality Studies have become established as disciplinary formations in North American and British universities, Lesbian Studies has not. This article reports on an analysis of key publications by critics and advocates of Lesbian Studies to explore the possibility that Lesbian Studies was flawed in ways that account for its non-emergence. Charges against Lesbian Studies include naïve essentialism, white middle-classness, separatism, and paranoia. Discourse analysis of books by Lesbian Studies advocates examines evidence of each of these qualities and concludes that Lesbian Studies was above all too lesbian to be successfully integrated into the enduringly heteropatriarchal institution of universities.