Definition of Lesbian Pulp Fiction

Lesbian pulp fiction books share the following characteristics:

  • The book was published in a paperback format between the 1950s and the mid-1960s.

  • The book has clearly identified lesbian characters or subject matter (not simply in the subtext of the story).

  • The book cover consists of sensationalized cover art that allows readers to recognize them as lesbian pulp fiction.


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Meeker, Martin. "A Queer and Contested Medium: The Emergence of Representational Politics in the" Golden Age" of Lesbian Paperbacks, 1955-1963." Journal of Women's History 17.1 (2005): 165-188.
Nealon, Christopher. "Invert-history: The ambivalence of lesbian pulp fiction." New Literary History 31.4 (2000): 745-764.
Perrin, Tom. "Rebuilding Bildung: The Middlebrow Novel of Aesthetic Education in the Mid-Twentieth-Century United States." Novel: A Forum on Fiction. 44.3 (2011): 382-401.