Julie Penelope Stanley papers
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of typescripts and reproductions of scholarly articles and presentations by Julia Penelope (Stanley) and other queer feminist scholars. Some documents include handwritten annotations.
- 1975 - 1979
Biographical / Historical
Julia Penelope Stanley (often credited as Julia Penelope) was an American linguist who wrote widely on lesbian and feminist identities and movements. Due to her identity as a lesbian, Penelope was dismissed from Florida State University in 1959 as part of the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee’s persecution of the queer community. Penelope went on to earn a B.A. in English and linguistics at New York’s City College and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas. Penelope’s academic career included tenure at the University of Georgia and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Penelope is recognized as a crucial theorist and activist in queer studies, particularly in relation to lesbian issues. Penelope’s organizing encompassed representation at events such as the National Women’s Conference and the Gay Academic Union. Additionally, she was a founding member of the Lesbian Herstory Archives and the Lincoln Legion of Lesbians. Penelope was self-described as a “lesbian separatist” and “white, working-class, fat butch dyke who never passed.” She passed away in January 2013.
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Language of Materials
This collection consists of typescripts and reproductions of scholarly work by Julia Penelope Stanley and supporting research materials by other authors. Authorship is credited as both Julia Penelope Stanley and Julia Penelope. A series of documents includes collaborations with Susan J. Wolfe (Robbins) of the Department of English, University of South Dakota. Topics of writings include lesbian identities and culture, queer theory, linguistics, feminism, sexism, and literature.
Material is arranged according to author. Within series, manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by title.
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- Lesbian authors Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Lesbians Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Linguistics Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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