Lesbian and bisexual literature over the past four centuries, tracing the evolution of the genre from romantic friendship, through the exotic and evil, to the explicitly sexual. An example of exotic and evil is provided by Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 vampire novella, Carmilla. By the author of Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers.
Lambda Literary Award, 1994
Kindred spirits: the literature of romantic friendship -- A man trapped in a woman's body : the literature of sexual inversion -- Carniverous flowers: the literature of exotic and evil lesbians -- In the closet: the literature of lesbian encoding -- Amazons: the literature of lesbian-feminism -- Flowerings: post-lesbian-feminist literature.