Introduction : transnational lesbian cultures

Bauer, Heike and Mahn, Churnjeet, eds. (2014) Introduction : transnational lesbian cultures. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 18 (3). pp. 203-309. ISSN 1540-3548 (

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This special issue examines the transnational shape and shaping of lesbian lives and cultures in and across China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It uses the expression “transnational lesbian cultures” to suggest that despite sometimes radically different sociopolitical and cultural contexts, the lived experiences of same-sex desire and their emotional attachments create particular affinities between women who love women, affinities that reach across the distinct cultural and social contexts that shape them. The articles brought together explore lesbian subcultures, film, graphic novels, music, and online intimacies.