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Remembrance of Things Past (Marcel Proust)

19th century French novel that includes a passing reference to the author’s frustrated desire for a woman implied to be lesbian.

LHMP entry

The main themes by male authors in this set of texts include original poems in the classical Greek style with a relatively neutral portrayal of lesbians, and the continuing depiction of decadent lesbian eroticism, with an additional subgroup involving the frustration of author-insertion characters who desire lesbians. We also get an example of the “queer tragic triangle” in which a man and woman compete for the affections of a woman (with the man, of course, winning).

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