Chicago, IL —
The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced that Terry Castle's The Literature of Lesbianism will receive the Editor's Choice award at this year's Lambda Literary Awards banquet. The award is given to books that, in the opinion of the editors of the Lambda Book Report, are of exceptional merit and deserve greater recognition. .
The Literature of Lesbianism is no mere compilation of texts. Instead, it reveals just how visible "Sapphic Love" has been in Western literature, a central preoccupation for many of our greatest writers, past and present. Writing in Lambda Book Report, Loralee MacPike said that with this work "Terry Castle moves the discipline of lesbian studies to a new plane of definition, evaluation and understanding."
"We are pleased to recognize this comprehensive work of scholarship and trove of literary delight," said Lambda Literary Foundation executive director Jim Marks. "Starting with the premise 'that love between women is a topic of serious and abiding human signficance,' Castle's book sheds new light, as she notes, on 'our deepest beliefs about nature and culture, sexuality and desire, feminity and masculinity, women and men.'"
Terry Castle is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. She is the author of six books, including The Apparitional Lesbian and Boss Ladies, Watch Out!. She is a regular contributor to the New Republic, The London Review of Books and other publications. The Literature of Lesbianism is published by Columbia University Press.
The Lambda Literary Editor's Choice Award will be presented June 3 at the 16th Annual Lambda Literary Awards gala banquet at the Chicago Mart Plaza hotel. Tickets are $125 for the dinner, $175 for the dinner and gala. For more information or to order online, go to www.lambdalit.org or call 202-682-0952.