Anna Livia Julian Brawn

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Anna Livia Julian Brawn (November 13, 1955 in Ireland – August 5, 2007 in California), who used the pen name Anna Livia for her novels, was a "widely read lesbian feminist writer and linguistic theorist",[1] well known for her fiction and non-fiction regarding issues of sexuality. From 1999 until the time of her death she was a member of staff at University of California, Berkeley.


She had travelled to Australia on holiday in the late 1970s where mother had moved to - and where her sister and family were living at the time. Components of her first novel Relatively Norma stem from that visit.

When she died, an article appeared in the Guardian which stated that she "...gave birth to some of the most witty, politically astute and challenging women's writing of the late 20th century", and "...was one of the most widely read of that generation."[1]



Short stories[edit]

  • Minimax (1992)


  • Incidents Involving Warmth: A Collection of Lesbian Feminist Love Stories (1986) London : Only Women Press. ISBN 0-906500-21-4
  • The Pied Piper : lesbian feminist fiction, with Lillian Mohin. Publisher: London : Onlywomen, 1989. ISBN 0-906500-29-X OCLC 60022644
  • Saccharin Cyanide (1990) Onlywomen. ISBN 0-906500-35-4
  • Incidents Involving Mirth: Short Stories (1990). Publisher: Portland, Or. : Eighth Mountain Press, 1990. ISBN 0-933377-14-2


  • Unleashing Feminism: Critiquing Lesbian Sadomasochism in the Gay Nineties (1993) (with Kathy Miriam and Pat Parker)
  • Queerly Phrased: Language, Gender, and Sexuality (1997) (Book) (with Kira Hall); New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-19-510470-6 ISBN 0195104714
  • Pronoun Envy: Literary Uses of Linguistic Gender (2000) Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-513853-8
  • "Doing Sociolinguistic Research on the French Minitel", (Article) in American Behavioral Scientist, 43, no. 3 (1999): 422-435 ; Sage Publications OCLC 89434156
  • A reading with Bart Schneider, Anna Livia 4/29/1999; with Bart Schneider; San Francisco State University. Poetry Center.; San Francisco State University. American Poetry Archive. (VHS tape) Publisher: San Francisco : Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives, ©1999. OCLC 70634326
  • "Oral History: Snapshots from a Family Album" (Article), in International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, 5, no. 2 (2000): 215-219. Springer. OCLC 90686787
  • Public and Clandestine: Gay Men's Pseudonyms on the French Minitel, in Sexualities, 5, no. 2 (2002): 201-217. Publisher: Sage Publications OCLC: 89287475
  • France: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Traveler's Literary Companions vol.16), with William Rodarmor, Whereabouts Press, 2008, ISBN 1-883513-18-9




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