I am looking for a nonfiction book that will tell me all about Parisian lesbian subculture in the late 19th century–preferably related to women's higher education in some way.
I am embarrassed to tell you why, but here goes. I have been working on the plot of a silly romance novel and a piece of it turns on the existence of such a subculture. It doesn't take place there throughout most of the story, but there's a scene or two requiring it. In fact, the whole drama really depends on the fact of such a subculture's existence.
It can be anywhere from, oh, 1875-1900. That's in my period, but my expertise is in the U.S., not France! Help? Thank you in advance!
If I can get a bit of "research" done by November, I'm thinking of doing NaNoWriMo.