Supplementary online materials for “A Literary History of Feminist Sex”

DORA, or “An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria”:

Full text, beginning on page 1350:

A BBC radio piece on the feminist reclamation of Dora:

Foucault, History of Sexuality

Foucault speaking about the nature of power in Discipline and Punish:

Funny song explaining Foucault’s thesis:

The Awakening:

Full text:

“Emancipation: A Life Fable” by Kate Chopin (thematically related):

A Room of One’s Own

Full text:

Audre Lorde’s critique (which makes reference to Woolf’s language), the essay “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference,” to be found starting on page 114 of Sister Outsider:

Gone With the Wind

Full text:

Pertinent clips from the (very famous and very entertaining) movie:

The Well of Loneliness

Full text:

National archives documents regarding the seizure of The Well:

Contemporaneous newspaper article about the obscenity trial:

“The Mythic Mannish Lesbian” by Esther Newton:

The Bell Jar

Poetry Foundation biography of Sylvia Plath:

“Daddy” (pertinent poem):

“Lady Lazarus” (pertinent poem):

“Sylvia Plath, Hunger Artist” by David Fromm

(There are a number of fascinating biographies of Plath available in print form. For an overview of many of their claims and an articulation of their differences, see: “The Problem with Plath,” review,


“Women and Hysteria in the History of Mental Health” from the US National Library of Medicine:

Slideshow of Charcot’s iconic images of hysteria:

NYT article reviewing the book Medical Muses (also a great resource):


Full text:

“Three Men in Herland: Why they Enter the Text” by Georgia Johnston

“Systems, Not Men: Producing People in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland” by Katherine Fusco:

“The Yellow Wallpaper,” Gilman’s famous and provocative short story:

The Feminine Mystique

NYT video debate concerning “The Feminine Mystique, 50 years later”

The Feminine Mistake by Leslie Bennetts (a contemporary response text) reviews:

“Women and Economics”

Full text:

The Lesbian Body

Resources on Deconstruction:

Feminism and Deconstruction: Ms. En Abyme by Diane Elam:

Strategies of Deconstruction by Jacques Claude Evans:

Deconstruction and the Postcolonial: At the Limits of Theory

Identity Politics in Deconstruction by Carolyn D’Cruz

Bedford St. Martins definition:

Written on the Body

Jeanette Winterson biographical interview with the Paris Review:

Jeanette Winterson interview with Bill Moyers on faith:

Audre Lorde, “On the Uses of the Erotic”

Full text (also in Sister Outsider):

Check out “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,” one of Lorde’s best-known critiques of the state of feminism. (Also in the compilation volume.)

Audre Lorde biography from The Poetry Foundation:

“The Black Unicorn,” a poem by Lorde from her eponymous poetry volume:

Alison Bechdel

Dykes to Watch Out For (her comic):

A short video in which Bechdel explains how she created Fun Home:

Pornography texts:

Hard Core full text:;cc=acls;idno=heb08072.0001.001;node=heb08072.0001.001%3A5;view=toc

“Thinking Sex” full text:

Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement full text:;idno=heb08224

Clips from The People vs. Larry Flynt, a Hollywood movie based on the historic case:

Legal resources

California v. Freeman protecting Adult Film:

Miller v. California defining unprotected obscenity:

The definition of “extreme pornography” in the UK:

Andrea Dworkin’s testimony to the Attorney General:

Dworkin/MacKinnon bill introduced to Massachusetts in 1992:

The Dost and Knox Tests for delineating child pornography:

The Story of O

Dworkin on The Story of O in Woman Hating:

Brief BBC publication history


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