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ERIC Number: ED315769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Pages: 13
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Transforming the Detective Novel: Sex and the Single Sleuth.
Marchino, Lois A.
The lesbian detective of current fiction may be single, but she is not alone; she has a lover. In varying degrees of realism and fantasy, sexuality is part of her character. While some writers in the field argue that romances involving the protagonists of feminist detective fiction distract from the plot, these critics themselves sometimes break their own rules. Lesbian novels focus on many sex-related concerns; the sleuth is often drawn into the action because a friend or lover needs help, and lovers often work together to combat prejudice. In theory, and in the practice of the best writers, sexuality is not only a major component of characterization but also a statement of humanitarian values and lesbian feminism. The question then is not how sexy the lesbian detective novel is, but how well it is written and integrated. These novels present positive views of women loving women and provide positive models validating various choices for women. (A 22-item bibliography of lesbian mystery novels is attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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