Awfully Devoted Women: Lesbian Lives in Canada, 1900-65


By Cameron Duder

The lives of many lesbians prior to 1965 remain cloaked in mystery. Historians have turned the spotlight on upper-middle-class “romantic friends” and on working-class butch and femme women, but the lives of the lower-middle-class majority remain in the shadows.

Awfully Devoted Women offers a portrait of middle-class lesbianism in the decades before the gay rights movement in English Canada. This intimate study of the lives of women who were forced to love in secret not only challenges the idea that lesbian relationships in the past were asexual, it also reveals the courage it took to explore desire in an era when women were supposed to know little about sexuality.

Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: UBC Press (Jan 2011)
ISBN-13: 9780774817394
Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm