Bertha Harris (December 17, 1937 – May 22, 2005) was an American lesbian novelist. Events 546 - Gothic War (535–554: The Ostrogoths of King Totila Year 1937 ( MCMXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 334 BC - The Greek army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A lesbian is a Woman who is romantically or sexually attracted only to other women A novel (from Italian novella, Spanish novela, French nouvelle for "new" "news" or "short story Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she moved to New York City in the 1960s. Fayetteville is a city located in Cumberland County, North Carolina. She is highly regarded by critics and admirers, but her novels are less familiar to the broader public. A novel (from Italian novella, Spanish novela, French nouvelle for "new" "news" or "short story
She is best known for her stylistically bold novel Lover, published in 1976. Lover is a Lesbian feminist novel by Bertha Harris, published in 1976 by Daughters Inc She published two other novels, Catching Saradove (1969), and Confessions of Cherubino (1972). Lover and Confessions of Cherubino were brought out by the independent house Daughters, Inc. Lover is a Lesbian feminist novel by Bertha Harris, published in 1976 by Daughters Inc , a small publisher of women's fiction. In all three novels, Harris engaged the aesthetics of late twentieth-century literature; they may be considered examples of literary postmodernism. Aesthetics or esthetics ( also spelled æsthetics) is commonly known as the study of sensory or sensori-emotional values sometimes called The twentieth century of the Common Era began on Literature is the Art of written works Literally translated the word means "acquaintance with letters" (from Latin littera letter Postmodernism literally means 'after the modernist movement' While " Modern " itself refers to something "related to the present" the movement of modernism Her novels are stylistically akin to the work of modernist writers such as Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, and Djuna Barnes (whom she greatly admired), and she has acknowledged as inspiration the work of Jill Johnston and the dancer Yvonne Ranier. (Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941 was an English Novelist and Essayist, regarded as one of the foremost Gertrude Stein ( February 3, 1874 &ndash July 27, 1946) was an American Writer who spent most of her life in France Djuna Barnes (12 June 1892 &ndash 18 June 1982 was an American Writer who played an important part in the development of 20th century English language Jill Johnston (born May 17, 1929) is a feminist author who wrote the seminal Lesbian Nation in 1973 Dance (from French danser, perhaps from Frankish) is an Art form that generally refers to movement of the body usually rhythmic She once proclaimed that Djuna Barnes's work was "practically the only available espression of lesbian culture we have in the modern western world" since Sappho.
Much of Harris's work, most notably Lover, is written with the Women's Movement of the 1970s as its primary inspiration and its audience. Lover is a Lesbian feminist novel by Bertha Harris, published in 1976 by Daughters Inc Feminism is a discourse that involves various movements theories, and Philosophies which are concerned with the issue of Gender difference, advocate Indeed, Lover might be viewed as a literary mother of Queer Theory; her novel resonates almost as strongly with third-wave feminism as it does with the second-wave feminism of its origins. Queer theory is a field of Gender Studies that emerged in the early 1990s out of the fields of gay and Lesbian studies and feminist studies Third-wave feminism is a term identified with several diverse strains of feminist activity and study beginning in the early 1990s Second-wave feminism refers to a period of Feminist activity which began during the 1960s and lasted through the late 1970s
Harris co-authored The Joy of Lesbian Sex in 1977 with Emily L. Sisley, and in 1995 she published Gertrude Stein, a biography for young adults. Lover was reissued in 1993 by the New York University Press with a new introduction by the author, mainly recounting her involvement with Daughters Press and its two owners. New York University Press (or NYU Press) founded in 1916 is a University press that is part of New York University.
At the time of her death she was completing her fourth novel, a comedy, Mi Contra Fa.
She died in New York City.