The Radical Reviewer
Periodical profile published 1981
Publisher: The Radical Reviewer, Vancouver, Canada
Year Published: 1981
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX2186
Abstract: "The Radical Reviewer" is an expression of our work on, and our love for women's literature and feminist theory. We grew out of the Vancouver Lesbian Literary Collective and are now a separate entity. We plan to emerge from a literary supplement into a lesbian feminist literary journal. The Radical Review applies a feminist perspective to the lives and works of women writers."
The Radical Reviewer provides the reader with book reviews of feminist/lesbian works, interviews, articles and poetry. The theme running through this issue explores silences - what keeps women from writing or why is material written by women, often not easily available. Three different articles examine the difficulties women face when trying to express themselves through various forms of writing.
One contributor say "to make 'a living' by writing is a precarious thing. For a woman, a feminist and a mother along with responsibilities, how can writing be first? And how can a writer submit to silencing? A lesbian faces added difficulties. Not only must she deal with those obstacles society places before women writers, but she must also consider the contempt and hatred out culture has of same sex relations and the threat that lesbianism poses to a culture that is male-dominated. Many lesbian writers were and are still silenced and this is addressed in an open letter to author, Ma Sarton. The letter encourages her to challenge the assumptions that undermine and diminish the lesbian experience. It sates clearly that lesbian writers need her words, her experience, her voice.