Lesbian full-text works on the web

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  • The True History and Adventures of Catharine Vizzani - Catterina Vizzani (1719-1743) was an Italian passing woman who ran away from home at the age of 16, adopted male clothing and thereafter lived as a man under the name Giovanni Bordoni. In 1743 she convinced the niece of a vicar to elope to Rome with her. They were stopped on the way and Giovanni/Catterina was fatally wounded. Her biography was written by the surgeon Giovanni Battista Bianchi who had performed an autopsy (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catterina_Vizzani). The biography was translated into English by John Cleland, who was less than sympathetic to her life.

New Zealand lesbian history

  • Lesbian lives - in Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Historical overview by Alison J. Laurie
  • The Trials of Eric Mareo - for the murder of his wife who had been having an affair with dancer Freda Stark. LILAC has a recent biography of Freda Stark which covers the events.
  • The conquest of Mount Cook and other climbs : an account of four seasons' mountaineering on the Southern Alps of New Zealand by Freda du Faur, an Australian lesbian who was the first woman to climb Mt Cook. Probably no lesbian content. LILAC has a recent biorgaphy of Freda.
  • The Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Central Library, have two manuscript collections of interest and their inventories are available online:
    Auckland Lesbian Archive from the 1980s and 1990s [Auckland City Libraries Manuscripts Online]
    Broadsheet Collective records [Auckland City Libraries Manuscripts Online]

Theses with lesbian themes

Recent New Zealand lesbian writing


Biography, memoirs, etc.

History - assorted

The following links lead to recovered texts compiled by British gay historian Rictor Norton <http://rictornorton.co.uk/eighteen/>. He has provided some context and commentary on each text.

Gertrude Stein - various

Biographical information at Wikipedia and GLBTQ encyclopedia

Nonfiction - assorted works

Lesbian poetry

Lesbian lit websites

Early Feminist writing, from past centuries

Lesbian wellbeing resources

  • Lesbian Zest: tips on how to survive and flourish - brings together stories from 27 Australian lesbians about where they get support and what helps them to flourish. It includes advice and tips on how to thrive as a lesbian. Based on original research by Ea Mulligan and Mary Heath of Flinders University, Australia (pdf 2 Mb).
  • Thriving as a bisexual or queer woman: tips on how to flourish - brings together stories from 20 Australian women who identify as bi or queer and who are leading thriving lives. Based on original research by Mary Heath and Ea Mulligan (pdf 1.4 Mb)
  • About us - an online legal resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, takataapui, fa'afafine, transsexual, transgender and intersex people [home page has a link to the pdf file]
  • Leaflet on breast and cervical cancer prevention - produced by ILGA, together with the Belgian Foundation against Cancer and Belgian lesbian groups (pdf 197kb)
  • We're a family - a study for the Families Commission of how lesbians and gay men are creating and maintaining family in New Zealand
  • Exploring the Experiences of GLBTI Seniors in Aged Care - a project by the by the Matrix Guild of Victoria with a number of other groups. There are two reports available as pdf files: Stage One - 'My People' (362 kb), and Stage Two - 'Permission to Speak' (511kb)
  • We don't have any of those people here - a 2007 report by the by the GLBTI Retirement Association of Western Australia (pdf files)

GLBT resources

  • GLBTQ - an Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
  • Lodestar Quarterly - a journal of LGBT literature, publishing both established and new writers of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction. Produced 2002-2005
  • Blithe House quarterly - an online literary magazine featuring new short stories by emerging and established gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered authors
  • Genders - peer-reviewed academic journal publishing essays about gender and sexuality in relation to social, political, artistic, and economic concerns.
  • OutWeek magazine - This site contains the entire 105 issues of OutWeek Magazine, published in New York from June, 1989 to July, 1991. OutWeek Magazine was the seminal lesbian and gay publication during the peak era of AIDS activism in the late 80s and early 90s. It redefined the role of the activist gay press, not only by reporting the news but also by frequently making news itself. Its aggressive coverage, incisive commentary and in-depth investigative articles on gay rights, politics, AIDS, the arts and popular culture made it a must-read publication far beyond the usual scope of gay magazines. The archive is digitized in a high-resolution pdf format suitable for printing.
  • Bint el Nas: do you understand me - a journal for women who are identified ethnicially or culturally with the Arab world and also identify with lesbian/queer community.
  • QueerMap.com - invites visitors to explore the cultural meanings and social power of homosexuality. Includes a gallery of queer images from throughout history and around the world.
  • outhistory.org - links to all sorts of goodies - American focus.

About this page

We are looking for free Lesbian full-text resources on the internet and listing them here for your convenience. Some are comtemporary "born digital" works, and others are older, out of copyright, and scanned. The Lesbian in Literature, the 3rd edition of Barbara Grier's book (1981), is an indispensible aid for finding our literary history [and this title is available online! as a pdf file]. We are using this classic when searching fulltext online repositories, including the Internet Archive texts and Project Gutenberg for lesbian titles that are out of copyright.

Scanned fulltext works are just - pages including all the marginal notes, flyspots etc etc scanned. All of which gets converted by software to "something" in the raw scanned text files. Project Gutenberg files are corrected by volunteers (hooray), but the Internet Archive has over 1.6 million texts - full of  "šomet#ing§". PDF files may be less frustrating to read, but are much bigger for downloading than text or html files, and Google charges for them. Files from the NZ Electronic Text Centre are well presented and free.

Most author names in the lists below are linked to biographical information, generally from Wikipedia. Some of the Wikipedia pages link to biographical information written from a queer perspective in the GLBTQ encyclopedia.

We welcome information about other free lesbian fulltext resources on the internet.

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