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Sapphic Slashers

Lisa Duggan

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On a winter day in 1892, in the broad daylight of downtown Memphis, Tennessee, a middleclass woman named Alice Mitchell slashed the throat of her lover, Freda Ward, killing her instantly. Local, national, and international newspapers, medical andMoreOn a winter day in 1892, in the broad daylight of downtown Memphis, Tennessee, a middleclass woman named Alice Mitchell slashed the throat of her lover, Freda Ward, killing her instantly. Local, national, and international newspapers, medical and scientific publications, and popular fiction writers all clamored to cover the ensuing girl lovers murder trial. Lisa Duggan locates in this sensationalized event the emergence of the lesbian in U.S. mass culture and shows how newly modern notions of normality and morality that arose from such cases still haunt and distort lesbian and gay politics to the present day.