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Brazen Femme
Queering Femininity

Book Description
Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity is a manifesto for the unrepentant bitch, straddling the furious and fantastic. Undeniably celebratory and deeply troubling, this sharp-edged collection (of fiction, prose poetry, personal essay, photographs, and illustration) figures the un-hyphenated femme experience emerging in performance, betrayal, violence, humour, and survival.

Brazen Femme recognizes femme as an identity in flux and in motion, as constantly being reinvented. This mutability sets the stage for creative and thoughtful representation featuring critically acclaimed writers including Camilla Gibb, Sky Gilbert, Michelle Tea, Amber Hollibaugh, and Anurima Banerji. Brazen Femme unapologetically refuses explanations and definitions while bringing into view femme identity through description, reflection, and interpretation. As such, the collection includes the entertaining and challenging work of writers and artists whose stories are missing from existing explorations of femme that exclude experiences of men, transsexual women, and sex workers.

Whether by choice or necessity, these frenzied femmes each explore their desires to make (and remake) femininity fit their own queer frames. Darlings, drag queens, whores, and action heroes . . . a femme by any other name is spectacular.

With writings by Debra Anderson, Anurima Banerji, T.J. Bryan, Anna Camilleri, Daniel Collins, Lisa Duggan and Kathleen McHugh, Camilla Gibb, Sky Gilbert, Tara Hardy, Amber Hollibaugh, Suzann Kole, Elaine Miller, Kathryn Payne, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Elizabeth Ruth, Trish Salah, Abi Slone and Allyson Mitchell, Michelle Tea, Zoe Whittall, and Karin Wolf.

With photographs by Chlöe Brushwood Rose, Daniel Collins, and illustrations by Allyson Mitchell, Suzy Malik, and Sandi Rapini.

Nominated for a 2002 Lambda Literary Prize

About the Author
Chloë Brushwood Rose is a photographer, writer, and academic whose work has appeared in several publications, including the Review of Education/Pedagogy/Cultural Studies, Gender and Education, and Fireweed. Chloë has a series of fifteen photographs published in the award-winning Boys Like Her: Transfictions and is a member of the Public Access art collective and editorial board. Chloë is currently completing her doctorate in Language, Culture, and Teaching at York University in Toronto.

Anna Camilleri is a writer, performance poet, curator, and producer living in Toronto. Camilleri was the co-founder and co-director of Taste This, which toured extensively with three full-length performance works and collaborated to publish Boys Like Her: Transfictions to critical and popular acclaim. Camilleri has performed nationally and internationally for nearly a decade, is a visiting columnist with Xtra! and is a member of SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada). Anna is writing a novel, a play, and is the curator/director of Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s Strange Sisters 2002 cabaret series.

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Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity Edited by Chloe Brushwood Rose and Anna Camilleri (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2003. ISBN: 1-55152-126-1. 176 pages, softcover, $16.95)

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