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Learning our lives: Lesbian existence and experience in Washington, D.C

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posted on 2023-09-06, 03:00 authored by Jill Lisa Wittmer

This study uses twenty-three life story narratives from lesbians of diverse backgrounds living in Washington, D.C. during 1993 as a means of identifying and articulating some of the salient features of lesbian life experience. Excerpts from these narratives are presented in a series of six essays which address the pervasive themes the women I interviewed discussed while telling me their life stories. I present these narratives within historical context in order to address two facets of lesbian life. I examine lesbian existence (the phenomenon of women identifying as lesbian) as a social form within a context of inequality and contestation, and lesbian experience (the stories lesbians tell about themselves) as sites of struggle over meaning within that context. By using life story narratives as a primary means of data collection in this analysis, lesbians are given their own voice in the articulation of their personal existence and life experience.

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American University

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English

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Ph.D. American University 1994.

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http://hdl.handle.net/1961/thesesdissertations:2444

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