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Consider today's entry as a teaser for this month's podcast essay, entitled "Humors, Horoscopes, and Homosexuality." I'm always happy to sieze on convenient inspiration.

I got behind a bit, which is why this is going up Tuesday evening rather than Monday morning. Strange and terrifying as it may seem, that enormous bolus of journal articles I downloaded and had all written up in advance is almost at an end. I guess that means I need to find my reading brain again. This book was not a good candidate for finding my brain again. It wasn't new material (for me) and was structurally very difficult to summarize. That doesn't mean it isn't a useful book. It just wasn't fun to blog.

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 165 (previously 48a) - On the Shelf for July 2020 - Transcript

(Originally aired 2020/07/04 - listen here)

Welcome to On the Shelf for July 2020.

How are you all holding up through the quarantimes? Are you finding enough fluffy comfort reads to get you through? Or are you surviving on unleashed rage alone...against all the shitty things going down in the world?

The year is half past and it's not too early to start thinking about next year's fiction series. The call for submissions is essentially identical to the one for this year's series. You are encouraged to publicize this Call widely. My goal is to have so many excellent submissions that it breaks my heart that I can only pick four.

Full details on the Call for Submissions can be found here (and will be prominent on the drop-down menu for the duration).

This collection was not particularly fruitful in terms of LHMP content, with barely two articles speaking to the topic of women's same-sex desire. This is, alas, all too common in general collections, as well as all too common under the umbrella of Queer Studies. This tendency creates what I have come to call the "Little Red Hen Problem." You know the story about the little red hen?

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 164 (previously 47d) - Lesbian-Like History and Racial Othering - transcript

(Originally aired 2020/06/27 - listen here)

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 163 (previously 47c) - Book Appreciation: Black Authors/Black Characters - transcript

(Originally aired 2020/06/20 - listen here)

This is the second article that is an earlier version of one of the chapters in Valerie Traub's The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England. I keep thinking I should go back and compare these summaries to what I wrote about the same material in the full book. For that matter, I think I should see if the content changed substantially between these original articles and the later work. Or I could realize that I don't have time and leave that as an exercise to the reader.

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 162 (previously 47b) - Interview with Amy Hoff

(Originally aired 2020/06/13 - listen here)

Transcript pending.

Show Notes

A series of interviews with authors of historically-based fiction featuring queer women.

In this episode we talk about:

One of my newer side projects while reading and summarizing books for the Project is to pull out specific data that makes for a boring blog, but a useful resource. My eventual goal is to make these excerpts available in more organized form through my Patreon.


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