Introduction: transnational lesbian cultures

Heike Bauer (Editor), Churnjeet Mahn (Editor)

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-309
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Lesbian Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2014


  • lesbian
  • transnational
  • culture
  • contemporary
  • politics
  • queer
  • feminisim
  • China
  • India
  • UK
  • USA
  • lived experiences
  • lesbian subcultures
  • contemporary sexual politics


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