Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature

Author(s): Emma Donoghue

Literary Studies

From a writer of astonishing versatility and erudition comes this brave and remarkable book exploring the little-known literary tradition of love between women in Western literature, from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Charlotte Bronte, Dickens, Agatha Christie and many more. Donoghue writes about the half-dozen contrasting girl-girl plots that have been told and retold over the centuries, metamorphosing from generation to generation. Inseparable reveals a centuries-old literary tradition that is brilliant, amusing and, until now, has been deliberately overlooked.


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"Happily, Donoghue is a critic who doesn't fear slumming in the land of potboilers... Donoghue's adroit commentary, along with her chronologically organized bibliography, makes "Inseparable" necessary for scholars and enlightening and often amusing for anyone else." - The New York Times Book Review
"A thorough and fascinating piece of criticism, as satisfying as her fiction" - Now (Toronto)
"Meticulously, even painstakingly researched... an expert and innovative analysis... chock full of interesting information, a needed footnote to the history of Western literature." - Toronto Sun
"A highly enjoyable romp through literary history that reads like good journalism rather than academic textbook... Donoghue's great skill is that she remains totally focused on her six plots through an amazingly broad time period... It has the dizzying effect of bringing something that's always been in our shared peripheral vision - hazy and intangible until now - sharply into focus." - Xtra (Toronto)
"As readable as it is rigorous... What's so refreshing about Inseparable is that, while it's clearly the work of a bona fide scholar... it still manages to be both witty and entertaining. The writer is like that favorite college professor who, in her genial unstuffiness, breathes the kind of life into her subject that keeps students riveted from the first word." - Edge
"A thorough, intelligent researcher... a disarming, often funny historian." - San Francisco Chronicle

"Emma Donoghue's pedigree as a literary critic, novelist, scholar, and (it should go without saying) passionate reader makes her the perfect tour guide. Equally at home with Ovid and Rita Mae Brown, she is generous with her insights, providing helpful context... Brilliant, insightful, and frequently funny, Inseparable is sure to bring new readers to the world of classic literature." - The Gay and Lesbian Book Review
"Thorough, scholarly and consistently entertaining" - B

General Fields

  • : 9781573447171
  • : Cleis Press
  • : Cleis Press
  • : 0.395
  • : September 2011
  • : 229mm X 152mm X 20mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : illustrations
  • : 276
  • : 809.93353
  • : Paperback
  • : Emma Donoghue