The Children's Hour

Topics: Lesbian, Radclyffe Hall, LGBT Pages: 2 (468 words) Published: March 21, 2013

WS 296: Dealing with Difference Dr. Karla Jay


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1. How do Willa Cather, Gertrude Stein, and Angelina Weld Grimké let lesbian readers know that they are reading a lesbian story or poem without ever using terms like “lesbian” or “third sex”?

2. Lillian Hellman said The Children’s Hour is not about lesbianism but about a “lie.” Do you agree with her? Why or why not?

3. In The Well of Loneliness, Radclyffe Hall took the position that members of the “third sex” are different from birth. Though today, some critics use different terminology and label characters like Stephen “butch,” “mannish” (Esther Newton), or even “transgendered,” do you think that Hall was ahead of her time in suggesting that lesbians are biologically (essentially) different in some way? How is Stephen different from most of the other lesbians in the novel? Even Hall sees two types of lesbian. Though this essay allows...
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