Department of English

Professor Lisa Moore publishes 'Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes'

Fri, June 3, 2011
Professor Lisa Moore publishes 'Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes'

About Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes.

Sister Arts focuses on how eighteenth-century artists such as Mary Delany, Margaret Bentinck, Anna Seward, and Sarah Pierce created works that expressed their desires for other women. Moore uses lush illustrations and captivating stories to reveal how these artists used landscapes, gardens, and flowers as an expression of their love. Sister Arts goes on to show how the legacy of the sister arts, in which these women used the inspiration of nature, subsequently influenced contemporary work by Kara Walker, Michelene Thomas, and Alma Lopez.

Praise for Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes (Taken from University of Minnesota Press and Amazon)

"As its lyrical title suggests, Sister Arts, Lisa Moore's loving account of the unusual and haunting works produced by her four subjects–elegiac friendship poems, picturesque landscape designs, leaf collages and scrapbooks, collections of flowers, shells, and butterflies-at once illuminates and charms, deepening our understanding both of female–female intimacy and the elegantly subversive means women in past centuries found to express such devotion."

—Terry Castle, author of The Professor and Other Writings

"Lisa Moore recounts the fascinating stories of four eighteenth-century women whose lesbian-like relationships were instrumental in inspiring and fostering their work as artists of the landscape. Sister Arts is an indispensible contribution to the project of establishing a readable record of lesbian desire in the historical past."

—Lillian Faderman, author of Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present


Lisa Moore is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Women's and Gender Studies.  She is the author of Sister Arts: Lesbian Genres and the Erotic Landscape (Minnesota, 2011) and Dangerous Intimacies: Toward a Sapphic History of the British Novel (Duke, 1997). 

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