Next weekend, several of us will be on a panel at the Lesbian Lives: Lesbian loves conference in Brighton. The overarching title of our panel is Permutations of Lesbian Love.
We’re each discussing a different topic. Mine is about genre fiction as opposed to literary fiction, and the concept that genre fiction is viewed as ‘less than’ literary fiction. Meaning lesbian authors are marginalised further by literary elitism; this was made clear in an article published in 2012 in Mslexia which suggested there were no lesbian writers on the scene anymore (other than those with big names–Waters, McDermid, Winterson).
So here’s my question to you, readers: why do you think the many, many lesbian writers out there aren’t recognised? Is it simply because they haven’t made it to the ‘mainstream’? Is it because they aren’t generally with the big corporate presses? Or is it a genre vs literary thing? Or is it something else all together?
I’d very much like to know your thoughts!