Butches, Femmes, and Happy Endings: A Talk on Julie Anne Peters

You are warmly invited to

‘Butches, Femmes, and Happy Endings:
A Legacy of Lesbian Pulp Fiction in the Novels of Julie Anne Peters’
Erica Gillingham, NCRCL PhD Candidate, Roehampton University

Wednesday 30th September
1:00-2:00 pm
Fincham 001, Roehampton University

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Julie Anne Peters has published more young adult novels with lesbian protagonists than any other YA author. Writing from 1999-2014, her YA novels are stylistically similar—full of melodrama and cliché—to lesbian pulp fiction novels of the 1950s and 1960s. In particular, those novels by lesbian authors hoping to reach lesbian readers in the mid-twentieth century United States, authors like Vin Packer (Spring Fire (1952)) and Ann Bannon (‘Beebo Brinker Chronicles’ (1957-1962)). This talk will compare Peters’ YA novels with the lesbian pulp fiction novels by Packer and Bannon, examining peritextual production, the ‘butch/femme dynamic’, the conventional coming out story, and ‘happy endings’ for the contemporary young adult reader.

UPDATE: My PhD colleague, Anne, recorded my talk for me so I’ve posted it online for you all to watch! I’m new to uploading videos so the quality isn’t the best, but hopefully if you turn up your speakers it won’t be too bad. Thanks for watching!