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I'm happy to announce the 2019 fiction line-up for the podcast! I haven't sorted out the appearance schedule yet, but in alphabetical order of story title, we have:

One of the consequences of lining up a set of all relevant articles from a single source is that I end up covering articles that are marginal to my personal interests--and keep in mind that this project is largely diven by what I personally find interesting. (If people want me to focus on things I find boring, they'd have to pay me a lot of money to do so.) In the case of the Journal of the History of Sexuality this means a group of articles about the field of sexology, as it developed in the late 19th century.

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 31c - Reprise: Ordinary Women - transcript

(Originally aired 2019/02/16 - listen here)

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 31b - 10 Lesbian Historical Books and Movies I Loved in 2018 - transcript

(Originally aired 2019/02/09 - listen here)

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 31a - On the Shelf for February 2019 - Transcript

Note: Enough story submissions came in on the very last day that I will be doing the fiction series this year.

(Originally aired 2019/02/02 - listen here)

Welcome to On the Shelf for February 2019.

As I mention in the discussion below, given how very little information this article has relating to women's same-sex relations, one might wonder why I bothered to include it. And the answer is, because often negative information is as important to understanding the context of people's lives in history as the positive information is. We often have an impression that women in sexual relationships were in constant danger of persecution and repression. That they must have lived in constant fear of discovery and the consequences thereof.

What was the social purpose of the motif of women wearing men's clothing in early modern England? What did the cross-dressed woman mean to men and what did she mean for women? How was the reception different for cross-dressed women in literary or theatrical contexts as opposed to ordinary women in real life? Lucas's article looks at the association between female cross-dressing, disorderly conduct in general, sexual misconduct, and anxiety about the disruption of all social categories, not just gender categories.

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 30d - The New Atalantis - Secret Lesbian Clubs in 17th c Literature - transcript

(Originally aired 2019/01/26 - listen here)

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 30c - The Favourite - transcript

(Originally aired 2019/01/19 - listen here)

[Note: I’ve embarked on a project of commissioning transcripts for the interview shows. When we get to this one, the discussion segments will be inserted into this scripted introduction, which I’m afraid is all you get for now.]

One of the topics looming over this blog (though likely to be addressed in the podcast) is the historic ambiguity between the expression of gender identity and the use of gender presentation to accommodate heteronormative expectations in the context of same-sex desire. Or, to put it in less academic terms: the conflict between interpreting a historic individual as a trans man or a cross-dressing lesbian.

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