Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 46b - Interview with Janet Todd
Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 07:00
Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 157 (previously 46b) - Interview with Janet Todd
(Originally aired 2020/05/09 - listen here)
A transcript for this show is pending.
A series of interviews with authors of historically-based fiction featuring queer women.
In this episode we talk about:
- Why I jumped at the chance to interview Janet Todd
- Dynamics of mothers and daughters in mid-20th century England
- Post-WWII social and political changes in England all the way up to Brexit
- Themes of ignorance, claustrophobia, and class aspirations
- The subtle underlayer of queer sexuality in the book
- Mid-century experiences of same-sex identification
- Joan’s narrative voice and the life experience it represents
- Writing an unlikeable character, not for sympathy, but for understanding
- The “social refusenik” and national character
- Why does a historian write a relatively modern novel?
- How Janet’s own post-war childhood informed the setting
- Changes in childrearing philosophy and how they shaped generations
- Books mentioned
Links to the Lesbian Historic Motif Project Online
Links to Heather Online
Links to Janet Todd Online