McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
James P. Purdy
queer theory, lesbians, periodicals, feminism, lesbian-feminism
Just Between Us Girls charts the diffusion of queer theory outside of the academy, using convergence theory to examine communication technologies like periodicals and the Web to argue for a conception of queer theory that includes discourse between queer women about queerness. In making this argument, this project creates a lineage of discursive spaces by, for, and about queer women, putting content from these spaces in conversation with canonical queer theorists like Judith Butler, Eve Sedgwick, and Jack Halberstam. Analyzing and contextualizing discursive spaces like Vice Versa (1947-1948), The Ladder (1956-1972), The Furies (1972-1973), AfterEllen, and Autostraddle demonstrates not only that queer women have depended on communication technologies for identity and community formation long before the Web but also that queer women have historically invested in and theorized concepts significant to queer theory, like coming out, the relationship between gender and sexuality, and heteronormativity.
Rush, J. (2019). Just Between Us Girls: Discursive Spaces from America's First Gay Magazine to the World's Last Website for Queer Women, 1947-2019 (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1810