'I teach therefore I am': lesbian studies in the liberal academy

Munt, Sally R (1997) 'I teach therefore I am': lesbian studies in the liberal academy. Feminist Review, 56 (1). pp. 85-99. ISSN 0141-7789

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The article discusses the origins of Lesbian Studies as arising out of an intellectually engaged grassroots lesbian community and an emergent Women's Studies within the academy. The article contrasts Lesbian Studies in the UK with the USA, which has 'professionalized' work in Lesbian and Gay Studies, which concomitantly has produced its own problems. Feminism bequeathed to Lesbian Studies the axiom 'the personal is political' and this is discussed as both a positive and a negative inheritance. The academy itself collapses the personal on to the Lesbian Studies lecturer which produces particular pressures from students, colleagues, the institution, and upon one's own intellectual trajectory in the form of the 'taint' of subjectivity. Finally the article attempts to identify an ambivalent relationship to liberalism which has made a limited space for Lesbian Studies but also continues to seek to police that sphere.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Sally Munt
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:45
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 09:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27920
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