In Lesbian Discourses, Images of a community, Veronika Koller offers what Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay (insert your own spelling joke here) calls “a plurisecular metadiscourse on the discourse of/on lesbianism”. I have absolutely no idea what that means, but his review hails the book as non-essentialist, self-reflexive and squarely within a “new paradigm of convergence(s) of academic disciplines”.
New coalitions are forming all over and across the humanities and social sciences; media anthropology, linguistic ethnography and (ahem) news production linguistics are some of the budding intellectual spaces that come to mind. Without having read the book, it offers a historical critical discourse analysis (CDA) of lesbian identities across 4 decades (1970s-2000s). This quality – a sense of history – is difficult to come by in most CDA works. Moreover, this historical dimension, and the title of course, spark my interest. If only I was conversant in Foucauldian philosophy.