The Ladies of Llangollen: Desire, Indeterminacy, and the Legacies of Criticism (Transits: Literature) (Hardcover)

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This book explores the lives and afterlives of Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby, whose 1778 elopement rendered them pivotal figures in the history of female same-sex desire. Butler and Ponsonby's shared life--written, performed, and enacted in the everyday--embodied a form of queer celebrity constituted by their notably visible remoteness to erotic legibility. Their queerness further discloses the provisionality of the varied critical and political movements that have claimed them as ancestors in order to sustain their own subject positions.

About the Author


Fiona Brideoake is assistant professor in the literature department at American University.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781611487619
ISBN-10: 1611487617
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Publication Date: April 6th, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Transits: Literature