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A special volume of The Journal of Lesbian Studies entitled “The Lesbian Image in International Popular Culture” is seeking essays that explore a wide variety of lesbian images in a global context. No more essays on the United States or Spain are needed. Projects dealing with any other nations/cultures will be considered, but submissions that look at lesbian images in India, Africa, and China are of particular interest.
The concept of “lesbian” increasingly has been theorized, debated, and studied in the last four decades. Images marked as “lesbian” create desire in men and women alike, sell commercial products and services, and stir up controversy on many levels. Despite enormous international interest in the idea and image of lesbian, however, I believe that most people have only a limited understanding of what it is to be lesbian in a global context. In part, this limited perspective is due to the unavailability of images of the broad diversity of real women-centered women.
Submissions may address the lesbian image as it appears in literature, art, film, music, television, Internet, the news media, marketing, or any other venue of International Popular Culture. Essays may concentrate on one particular culture or be comparative in nature. Although no one specific theoretical approach is preferred, essays should critically and carefully examine the images discussed, including a commentary on the cultural or national context in which they appear, as well as discussion of related issues (e.g. intended audience, reception, political or commercial agenda, and the implications thereof).
Send one-page overview to Sara E. Cooper at scooper_at_csuchico.edu by March 20. 2007. Essays of 10-15 pages (including bibliography) as Microsoft Word attachment will be due by August 31, 2007.
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