“Were an intelligent, determined scholar to set herself the task of sifting through the last thousand years of Western culture’s literary output, would she be able to discern a “historical moment when something changed in the way women’s love was experienced and interpreted”? The short answer is no, not really. The longer answer is Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature, by the novelist, playwright and literary critic Emma Donoghue. . . Donoghue’s adroit commentary, along with her chronologically organized bibliography, makes Inseparable necessary for scholars and enlightening and often amusing for anyone else.”
—Kathryn Harrison, The New York Times Book Review
“[Inseparable is a] thorough, scholarly, and consistently entertaining tour through Western literature . . . a fresh interpretive literary investigation of lesbian love stories. . .”
“Indispensable work. . .”
“‘The past is a wild party; check your preconceptions at the door,’ warns British literary historian and novelist Donoghue . . . With her excellent reading list, readers can test for themselves the “unexpected continuity” Donoghue finds in the presence of passion between women in Western literature.”
From the Hardcover edition.