Lesbian literature is a term that encompasses a range of literary works, including works by authors of color, LGBTQ writers, writers of female-centered stories, and works written in the form of lesbian fiction, which has its roots in the lesbian movement.
This list is an attempt to define the lesbian literature that is currently being produced, written, and performed in the United States.
This means that we do not consider the works of queer people to be lesbian literature.
Instead, we are only including works that have been translated into English and published in English-language literary journals and anthologies.
Some of these works are not necessarily considered lesbian literature because they are works that are neither lesbian nor lesbian literature in the literal sense.
Rather, they are lesbian literary works that incorporate the language and traditions of their respective genres.
We are only counting works that were published in the U.S. and are available in print.
Because the term lesbian literature is so wide-ranging, we will not attempt to list the entire range of lesbian literature; instead, we focus on the LGBTQ literature that has been published and are currently being published.
While the majority of LGBTQ literature includes queer characters, it is important to note that many of these narratives are more reflective of the experiences of a wider queer community than they are the experiences or perspectives of a specific queer person.
For example, the lesbian narratives of Alice in Wonderland and The Girl in the Spider’s Web often focus on female characters, and they often explore the experiences and perspectives of women of color and queer people.
In addition, the stories of queer men and lesbians often explore themes of gender, race, sexuality, class, religion, and identity.
Although LGBTQ literature has been written and published for a long time, it has been challenging to find works of this nature in print, which makes it difficult to know if any of them are truly lesbian literature and what constitutes a “true” lesbian literature as a whole.
To better understand the breadth and depth of lesbian literary literature, we compiled a list of queer, lesbian, and LGBTQ literary works.
This is not an exhaustive list of all lesbian literature available in the public sphere; we are just looking for those that are currently in print and available for online viewing.
We will also include works that we believe have some form of relevance to lesbian people and/or queer communities, but do not necessarily fit the lesbian literary genre or genre norms.
While we are primarily interested in the LGBT literature that we know exists, we would love to hear from anyone who would like to share their lesbian literary work.