It's About This: Lesbians, Prison, Desire

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dc.contributor.author Millbank, J
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:38:48Z
dc.date.issued 2004-01
dc.identifier.citation Social and Legal Studies, 2004, 13 (2), pp. 155 - 190
dc.identifier.issn 0964-6639
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/5528
dc.description.abstract This article explores three narratives of violently transgressive lesbians in a prison setting. The stories are two English novels, Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter (1985), Affinity by Sarah Waters (1999) and an English TV series, Bad Girls (1999-ongoing). A number of disruptive and counter-hegemonic aspects run through these stories including their portrayal of violence as a reasonable response to oppressive social conditions, a distinct problematizing of heterosexuality and the metaphor of a prison panopticon to explore the constraints imposed on all women s lives. The article argues that the representation of lesbian desire in all three tales is truly radical in that it acts to dissolve unequal power dyads, although it also comes to question the extent to which it is possible, even in fiction, to sustain such rupture in the face of dominant cultural imperatives to re-capture and domesticate homo-normative images.
dc.publisher Sage
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1177/0964663904042550
dc.title It's About This: Lesbians, Prison, Desire
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Social and Legal Studies
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.volume 13
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation London en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 155 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 190 en_US
dc.cauo.name LAW.Faculty of law en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1801 Law
dc.personcode 101296
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Law en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Law
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Law Research
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)


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