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Rule, Jane

Works: 66 works in 308 publications in 4 languages and 8,706 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Political fiction  Psychological fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Trials, litigation, etc  Interviews  Juvenile works 
Roles: Interviewee
Classifications: PR9199.3.R78, 813.54
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Lesbian images by Jane Rule( Book )
23 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,030 libraries worldwide
Jane Rule’s fourth book explores lesbianism as portrayed by authors from Gertrude Stein to Colette, from Vita Sackville-West to May Sarton and Willa Cather Lesbian Images opens with a disclaimer from the author: “This book is not intended to be a comprehensive literary or cultural history of lesbians.” Rather, as Jane Rule goes on to tell us, her goal is to present her own attitudes and measure them against the images of lesbianism as depicted by other female authors. Thus, chapters titled “Gertrude Stein 1874–1946,” “Willa Cather 1876–1947,” and “Ivy Compton-Burnett 1892–1969,” among many others, reveal how the concept of love between women can be filtered through one’s personal experiences and perceptions. There are also chapters about lesbian myths and morality; the effect of the women’s movement on lesbianism; the inherent conflicts between lesbianism and feminism; how Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness changed fifteen-year-old Rule’s life; and what it means to be labeled a lesbian writer. At once astute and nonjudgmental, Lesbian Images is a deeply engaging work that sounds a powerful note of hope for the future
Desert of the heart : a novel by Jane Rule( Book )
55 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,011 libraries worldwide
“A landmark work of lesbian fiction.” —The New York Times Jane Rule’s first novel—now a classic of gay and lesbian literature—established her as a foremost writer of the vagaries and yearnings of the female heart Against the backdrop of Reno, Nevada, in the late 1950s, award-winning author Jane Rule chronicles a love affair between two women. When Desert of the Heart opens, Evelyn Hall is on a plane that will take her from her old life in Oakland, California, to Reno, where she plans to divorce her husband of sixteen years. A voluntary exile in a brave new world, she meets a woman who will change her life. Fifteen years younger, Ann Childs works as a change apron in a casino. Evelyn is instantly drawn to the fiercely independent Ann, and their friendship soon evolves into a romantic relationship. An English professor who had always led a conventional life, Evelyn suddenly finds all her beliefs about love, morality, and identity called into question. Peopled by a cast of unforgettable characters, this is a novel that dares to ask whether love between two women can last
The young in one another's arms by Jane Rule( Book )
17 editions published between 1977 and 2006 in English and held by 563 libraries worldwide
Contract with the world by Jane Rule( Book )
16 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in English and held by 515 libraries worldwide
Told as a series of interconnected stories, Jane Rule's fifth novel'offering six characters' shifting perspectives'takes us to a place where feminism, creativity, and sexual politics collide Contract with the World follows a group of friends, artists, and lovers as they negotiate the shifting terrain of the 1970s'a time when gay and lesbian politics were just emerging. Divided into six parts, the novel enters a world marked by desire, ambition, jealousy, and love. We follow these sexually adventurous thirty-something friends as they marry, divorce, take lovers, lose love, and never stop searching for personal and artistic fulfillment. Whether gay, straight, or bisexual, Rule's characters are as much a product of the era that defines them as of the wise and foolhardy choices they make in their own turbulent lives'choices that will have inevitable, sometimes tragic consequences
This is not for you by Jane Rule( Book )
19 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in English and held by 486 libraries worldwide
This Is Not For You, perhaps Rule's most self-consciously literary and philosophical novel, tells the story of a young woman in the late 1950s and early 1960s as she negotiates her lesbian sexuality. This epistolary lament -- an unsent letter to a lover who was never quite a lover -- vividly depicts New York and London and a group of friends as they search, sometimes in vain, for a sustaining love in a time of strict societal constraints. The Insomniac Library is proud to reissue Jane Rule's second novel, more than thirty years after its original appearance in 1970, and more than fifteen years s
Memory board by Jane Rule( Book )
18 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 426 libraries worldwide
Memory—and the tenuousness of life—is the theme of this deeply moving novel by Jane Rule When the novel opens, Diana’s twin brother, David, a widower in his mid-sixties, is looking back on his life. As memories swamp him, he decides to take a critical step: to beg for his sister’s forgiveness. Diana has never met David’s two daughters. She has no idea how many grandchildren he has. David doesn’t know Diana’s longtime lover, Constance, housebound by advancing memory loss and for whom Diana writes the day’s events on an erasable board to help her keep track of a life that’s slipping away. Estranged for nearly forty years, David appears at Diana’s dinner table, throwing her life into turmoil. But as she and her brother begin to rediscover each other, they both find the strength to move on with their lives. Told in Diana and David’s alternating points of view, Memory Board makes a powerful case for living in the present and making every moment count
Theme for diverse instruments : stories by Jane Rule( Book )
13 editions published between 1975 and 1990 in English and held by 395 libraries worldwide
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After the fire by Jane Rule( Book )
11 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 379 libraries worldwide
* Four women sense that love has failed them. As they try to put their lives in order, they come to value their friendship with each other. Set in an island community off the British Columbia coast. Some strong language
Against the season by Jane Rule( Book )
16 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in English and held by 374 libraries worldwide
Jane Rule’s incandescent third novel explores love, loss, and family . . . and the pieces of ourselves we leave behind Born lame, Amelia Larson lives in the house that has been in her family for generations. Now she has a decision to make: Should she honor the dying wish of her sister, Beatrice, to burn her diaries? There are sixty-nine in all: one journal for each year of Beatrice’s life since the age of six. Beginning in 1913 and traversing World War I and beyond, the diaries become a moving counterpoint to Amelia’s life as they unpeel layers of family history. As the past starts to impinge on the present, her relations—then and now—come to vivid life. Told from alternating points of view, Against the Season opens an illuminating window into small-town life. As the sins and secrets of a family are revealed through the sometimes-faulty lens of memory, it is a story about the seasons of life and the ties that bind us even beyond death
A hot-eyed moderate by Jane Rule( Book )
9 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 310 libraries worldwide
The essays in this inspiring collection analyze the craft of writing and the art of living and loving Jane Rule shares her insights into the creative process, sexual fidelity, feminist politics, and the transformative power of love. Part I—“On Writing”—dispenses advice (writing is “a craft that has to be practiced”); offers observations (“The creative process in any art takes time”); and dissects the writer-publisher relationship, both feminist and traditional. Part II—“Writing for the Gay Press”—discusses, among other things, what it means to be a lesbian writer. With chapters like “The Myth of Genital Jealousy” and “You Cannot Judge a Pumpkin’s Happiness by the Smile Upon Its Face,” this collection shatters common myths such as why you should always write about what you know. There are also moving pieces about Rule’s grandmother, artists who have influenced Rule, and what it is to be human and female in your time. From censorship to morality in literature to how men and women can live together in peace, A Hot-Eyed Moderate is Jane Rule at her provocative best
Outlander by Jane Rule( Book )
4 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 268 libraries worldwide
Inland passage by Jane Rule( Book )
5 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 232 libraries worldwide
The stories in this remarkable collection by Jane Rule explore the relationships among men and women, women and women, and families—both conventional and unconventional From traditional families to relationships that break new ground, this anthology runs the gamut of human emotions. The eponymous heroine “Dulce” is a self-proclaimed muse, witch, whore, “preying lesbian,” and “devouring mother” who has a profound effect on the lives of the women and men around her. “His Nor Hers”tracks the unraveling of a marriage—with unexpected results. “The Real World” explores the moral universe of a female mechanic who creates an unconventional family. In “A Matter of Numbers,” a divorced math professor falls in love with her twenty-year-old student. And the title story introduces two women—one widowed, one divorced—who rediscover romance aboard a cruise ship. Whether she’s turning the spotlight on unfulfilled wives, frustrated husbands, friends, or secret lovers, Inland Passage is Jane Rule at her most insightful
Why thee wed? ( visu )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 99 libraries worldwide
"As controversy swirls around the issue of same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian couples in North America and abroad are speaking out for the right to marry. Filmed in British Columbia after the legalization of same-sex unions, this program introduces the victorious litigants, who share their views on marriage, religious and political opposition, child adoption, and, most of all, love. Interviews with their families, the lawyer who represented them, and gay rights activist Jane Rule-who takes issue with the institution of marriage-round out the program."--FMG on Demand website
Inland passage and other stories by Jane Rule( Book )
5 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in English and held by 82 libraries worldwide
After the fire a novel by Jane Rule( file )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Five women at critical crossroads in their lives come together in this gem of a novel set on an island off the coast of Vancouver After the Fire introduces a quintet of very different women as they struggle with abandonment, loss, and new beginnings—both together and alone. There is Karen Tasuki, who recently separated from her partner and wonders if she’ll ever get used to being alone . . . until she befriends Red, who cleans houses for the island’s privileged inhabitants. Miss James is the eccentric Southern spinster born at the turn of the century. Milly Forbes is a woman whose husband “went scot free after stealing twenty years of her life.” And the sensible Henrietta “Hen” Hawkins yearns for her absent, ill husband. On a rural island that they dub a “used-wife lot,” the five heroines nurture one another as they cope with loneliness, death, and renewed life. Imbued with wit and compassion, After the Fire is a novel about women loving women and women helping women—and the bond that transcends age, race, and even gender
Woestijn van het hart : roman by Jane Rule( Book )
1 edition published in 1987 in Dutch and held by 15 libraries worldwide
Bilder und Schatten : die lesbische Frau in der literatur by Jane Rule( Book )
4 editions published in 1979 in German and Undetermined and held by 14 libraries worldwide
School's out ( visu )
4 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
Observations about sexulaity and sexual orientation are made by writer Jane Rule and five Canadian youth active in confronting homophobia in high schools. TEACH (Teens Educating And Confronting Homophobia) members talk about their lives and their classroom visits, provoking discussion about homophobia and heterosexism in schools. Against a backdrop of newspaper headlines that reflect society's changing attitudes towards homosexuality since the l960's, Jane Rule provides insights into sexuality and situates the lives and activism of today's youth in a historical context
Jane Rule--writing ( visu )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
Interview with Canadian writer Jane Rule
Desert hearts by Donna Deitch( visu )
7 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in English and German and held by 12 libraries worldwide
Een Amerikaanse intellectuele, in 1959 op weg naar Reno om haar echtscheiding te regelen, begint een lesbische relatie met de stiefdochter van een vriendin en zij trekken samen naar New York
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Rule, Jane
Rule, Jane Vance.
English (254)
German (8)
French (2)
Dutch (1)
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