Episode 16b: Interview with Farah Mendlesohn

November 11, 2017

Interview with Farah Mendlesohn

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 16b

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

In this episode we talk about

  • I chat with Farah Mendlesohn about her brand new lesbian Regency romance Spring Flowering.
  • How did a literary theorist specializing in fantasy and science fiction come to write historic romance?
  • Why was the 17th century a great time to set fiction about women loving women?
  • How does historical fiction writer Geoffrey Trease come into things?
  • How Spring Flowering came out of a challenge and a NaNoWriMo project.

Publications mentioned:

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp

Website:

Twitter:

  • @effjayem

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

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Episode 16a: On the Shelf November 2017

November 4, 2017

On the Shelf for November 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 16a

Your monthly update on what the Lesbian Historic Motif Project has been doing.

 In this episode we talk about

  • Recent and upcoming publications covered on the blog
  • Premodern Sexualities - a collection of papers on the history of sexuality
  • Knighton’s Chronicle - a primary text mentioned in the “female knights” essay
  • An article on a medieval English joint memorial brass
  • Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns - a theory-heavy book on the process of doing the history of sexuality
  • The Lesbian Premodern - another collection focusing on theory and historiography but specifically looking at lesbian premodern history as a field of study
  • Announcing this month’s author guest, Farah Mendlesohn, and her debut novel Spring Flowering
  • Ask Sappho: Rose Herman-Pall asks “How did women in history signal to each other that they were Sapphically inclined, especially if they were in marriages to men?”
  • Call for submissions for the new LHMP audio short story segment. See here for details.

 More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp

You can follow the blog on my website (http://alpennia.com/blog) or subscribe to the RSS feed (http://alpennia.com/blog/feed/)

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

A transcript of this episode can be found here.

 

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Female Knights in Shining Armor

October 28, 2017

Female Knights in Shining Armor 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15d 

Does your heart thrill to the clash of swords, the gleam of sunlight on a polished helm, and the snap of silken banners in the breeze at a tournament field? And then the helmet is removed by the victorious knight to reveal a fair face and a tumble of flowing locks and the crowd gasps to know a woman is champion? Well this podcast is for you.

In this episode we talk about

  • Joan of Arc and what wearing armor meant symbolically for her
  • The 12th century Spanish “Order of the Hatchet”, an order of woman knights
  • The gang of ladies who showed up at a 14th century tournament in England in men’s clothing
  • A 13th century German tale of women holding a tournament when their men were off at war
  • The French romance of Yde and Olive and how a woman knight won the hand of a king’s daughter in marriage
  • The Romance of Silence, which includes an exceedingly modern-sounding debate between personifications of Nature and Nurture for they loyalty of a girl raised as a boy
  • Amazon knights in Renaissance epic poems such as Orlando Furioso and The Faerie Queene, who attracted the love of fair ladies

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp

You can follow the blog on my website (http://alpennia.com/blog) or subscribe to the RSS feed (http://alpennia.com/blog/feed/)

This topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project. Some useful links include:

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15c - Book Appreciation with Caren Werlinger

October 21, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15c - Book Appreciation with Caren Werlinger 

In the Book Appreciation segments, Caren J Werlinger will talk about one or more favorite books with queer female characters in a historic setting.  

In this episode Caren recommends some favorite queer historical novels: 

 

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

For further information on Caren Werlinger see her website or the show notes for the previous episode of the Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast when she was interviewed.

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15b - Interview with Caren Werlinge

October 14, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15b - Interview with Caren Werlinger 

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

In this episode we talk about 

  • The approach of framing a historic story within a modern character’s interaction with that story. The uses of parallel lives to create reader connection. 
  • How Caren used dreams and book inscriptions as a way of connecting the present with the past. How present lives can heal past wounds. 
  • Historic fiction as a way of bringing the past to life and giving women the adventures and stories they’re denied in history books. 
  • The challenge of researching the small details. 
  • Using 8th century Ireland as a setting for fantasy adventure. What makes a specific historic context an inviting place for fantastic stories? The “what if” factor. How does history constrain the invention? 
  • Favourite research sources for early Ireland:
  • Irish folklore and myth
  • Internet searches for the flora and fauna of 8th century Ireland

Publications mentioned:

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

Find Author CJ Werlinger here:

Website 

Email 

Facebook 

 

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Project: On The Shelf October 2017

October 7, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 15a - On the Shelf 

Your monthly update on what the Lesbian Historic Motif Project has been doing. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • A summary of the publications covered in the blog in August 

    • Books on the queer history of Boston and on the concept of the Boston Marriage in modern psychology 
    • Medieval penitential manuals that address same-sex relations 
    • Works on sexuality and same-sex relations in medieval Europe 
  • What’s coming up in the blog 
    • More sources on medieval and pre-modern Europe 
  • This month’s author guest: Caren Werlinger 
  • Ask Sappho 
    • Where did I get the music that introduces and closes the podcast? 
    • What did people think about queens who had same-sex relations? Did it affect what the common people and the people of the court thought of them? 

 

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

You can follow the blog on my website or subscribe to the RSS feed 

This topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project including the following: 

 

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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Lesbian Historic Motif Project: The Highwaywoman Special

September 30, 2017

The Highwaywoman Special, including 5 Highwaywoman Romances 

This is my first “fifth week special” episode, when I have to come up with something outside my 4-topic rotation. Today we have a multi-media look at female highwaymen in history, song, and story, including five lesbian highwaywoman romances. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • The historic era of the highwaymen 
  • Ballads featuring female highwaymen (you get to hear me sing!) 
  • Women in history who went “on the pad” as they say, or who were rumored to have done so 
  • The most popular formula for lesbian highwaywoman novels  
  • Five lesbian highwaywoman romances, plus one bonus highway robbery incident  

The various persons and works discussed or presented in this podcast (in order of appearance) are as follows. Some historic references may apply to more than one person.  

 

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp 

You can follow the blog on my website http://alpennia.com/blog or subscribe to the RSS feed http://alpennia.com/blog/feed/ 

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Project: What Medieval Lesbians Did In Bed

September 23, 2017

What Medieval Lesbians Did in Bed 

This episode looks at the historic evidence for the specific sexual techniques enjoyed between women in the middle ages and Renaissance. Caution: although this essay isn’t intended as erotica, it does include a lot of detailed technical descriptions of bodies, sex acts, and sex toys. The content is very definitely Not Safe For Work. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • What are the sources of historic evidence for this question? 
  • Which sources can we trust for what women were actually doing, and which ones are more likely to be about what men thought they were doing? 
  • Did the repertoire of sexual techniques change over time? Was it different indifferent places? 
  • What was the range of activities that medieval people considered to be “sex”? How did it differ from modern definitions? 

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at: http://alpennia.com/lhmp 

You can follow the blog on my website (http://alpennia.com/blog) or subscribe to the RSS feed (http://alpennia.com/blog/feed/) 

This major sources used for this podcast are discussed in more detail at the Lesbian Historic Motif Project: 

  • Benkov, Edith. “The Erased Lesbian: Sodomy and the Legal Tradition in Medieval Europe” in Same Sex Love and Desire Among Women in the Middle Ages. ed. by Francesca Canadé Sautman & Pamela Sheingorn. Palgrave, New York, 2001. (http://alpennia.com/lhmp/lesbian-historic-motif-project-22-benkov-2001-erased-lesbian-sodomy-and-legal-tradition) 
  • Borris, Kenneth (ed). 2004. Same-Sex Desire in the English Renaissance: A Sourcebook of Texts, 1470-1650. Routledge, New York. ISBN 978-1-138-87953-9 (http://alpennia.com/lhmp/publication/4356) 
  • Brown, Judith C. 1984. “Lesbian Sexuality in Renaissance Italy: The Case of Sister Benedetta Carlini” in Signs 9 (1984): 751-58. (reprinted in: Freedman, Esteele B., Barbara C. Gelpi, Susan L. Johnson & Kathleen M. Weston. 1985. The Lesbian Issue: Essays from Signs. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago. ISBN 0-2256-26151-4) (http://alpennia.com/lhmp/lhmp-115-brown-1984-lesbian-sexuality-renaissance-italy-case-sister-benedetta-carlini) 
  • Crompton, Louis. 1985. “The Myth of Lesbian Impunity: Capital Laws from 1270 to 1791” in Licata, Salvatore J. & Robert P. Petersen (eds). The Gay Past: A Collection of Historical Essays. Harrington Park Press, New York. ISBN 0-918393-11-6 (Also published as Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 6, numbers 1/2, Fall/Winter 1980.) (http://alpennia.com/lhmp/lhmp-129-crompton-1985-myth-lesbian-impunity-capital-laws-1270-1791) 
  • Lansing, Carol. 2005. “Donna con Donna? A 1295 Inquest into Female Sodomy” in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History: Sexuality and Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, Third Series vol. II: 109-122. (http://alpennia.com/lhmp/lhmp-117-lansing-2005-donna-con-donna-1295-inquest-female-sodomy) 
  • Matter, E. Ann. 1989. “My Sister, My Spouse: Woman-Identified Women in Medieval Christianity” in Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality, eds. Judith Plaskow & Carol P. Christ. Harper & Row, San Francisco. (http://alpennia.com/lhmp/lesbian-historic-motif-project-50-matter-1989-my-sister-my-spouse-woman-identified-women) 
  • Merrick, Jeffrey & Bryant T. Ragan, Jr. 2001. Homosexuality in Early Modern France: A Documentary Collection. Oxford University Press, New York. ISBN 0-19-510257-6 (http://alpennia.com/lhmp/publication/3995) 
  • Mills, Robert. 2015. Seeing Sodomy in the Middle Ages. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago. ISBN 978-0-226-16912-5 (http://alpennia.com/lhmp/publication/4795) 
  • Murray, Jacqueline. 1996. "Twice marginal and twice invisible: Lesbians in the Middle Ages" in Handbook of Medieval Sexuality, ed. Vern L. Bullough and James A. Brundage, Garland Publishing,. pp. 191-222 (http://alpennia.com/lhmp/lesbian-historic-motif-project-18-murray-1996-twice-marginal-and-twice-invisible-lesbians) 
  • Puff, Helmut. 2000. "Female Sodomy: The Trial of Katherina Hetzeldorfer (1477)" in Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies: 30:1, 41-61. (http://alpennia.com/lhmp/lesbian-historic-motif-project-2-puff-2000-female-sodomy-trial-katherina-hetzeldorfer-1477) 
  • Schibanoff, Susan. “Hildegard of Bingen and Richardis of Stade: The Discourse of Desire” in Same Sex Love and Desire Among Women in the Middle Ages (ed. by Francesca Canadé Sautman & Pamela Sheingorn), Palgrave, New York, 2001. (http://alpennia.com/lhmp/lesbian-historic-motif-project-20-schibanoff-2001-hildegard-bingen-and-richardis-stade) 
  • Traub, Valerie. 2002. The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England.Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0-521-44885-9 (http://alpennia.com/lhmp/publication/4372) 
  • Velasco, Sherry. 2011. Lesbians in Early Modern Spain. Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville. ISBN 978-0-8265-1750-0 (http://alpennia.com/lhmp/publication/4949) 

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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The Write Stuff: Creating Captivating Characters With Heather Rose Jones

September 19, 2017

Heather Rose Jones On Writing Great Characters 

In this episode of The Write Stuff Sheena talks to Heather Rose Jones about her process for creating characters and hwo she nails the octopus to the wall.

Find out: 

  • What questions to ask about your character 
  • The three layers of story 
  • Why writing a character is like getting to know a friend 

 

About Heather Rose Jones 

Heather Rose Jones writes fantasy, historic fantasy, and historical fiction, including the Alpennia series with swordswomen and magic in an alternate Regency setting. She blogs about research into lesbian-like motifs in history and literature at the Lesbian Historic Motif Project which provides inspiration for her fiction. She has a PhD in linguistics, studying metaphor theory and the semantics of Medieval Welsh prepositions, and works as an industrial failure investigator in biotech. 

You can find Heather Rose Jones on 

Amazon 

Her Weekly Podcast 

Her Website 

Twitter 

Facebook 

 

 

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Book Appreciation with Genevieve Fortin

September 16, 2017

Book Appreciation with Genevieve Fortin 

Episode 14c 

In the Book Appreciation segments, our featured authors (or your host) will talk about one or more favorite books with queer female characters in a historic setting. 

In this episode Genevieve Fortin recommends her favorite queer historical novel:

Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller. 1969 get it on 

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

For further information on Genevieve Fortin, see her website or the show notes for the previous episode of the Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast when she was interviewed.

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Interview with Genevieve Fortin

September 9, 2017

Episode 14b - Interview with Genevieve Fortin 

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

In this episode we talk about 

  • How interviewing Franco-American families in New England inspired Water’s Edge 
  • Her love for literature from ca. 1900 and the decadent movement’s exploration of sexuality 
  • Researching the social and economic circumstances of immigrant communities in late 19th century New England 
  • Cluing your historic characters in on their sexual possibilities 
  • Plans for a sequel and to center lesbian characters in the history of Quebec 

Publications mentioned:

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

 

You can find Genevieve Fortin here 

Website 

Twitter 

Facebook 

 

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com 

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: On the Shelf September 2017

September 2, 2017

On the Shelf 

September 2017 

Your monthly update on what the Lesbian Historic Motif Project has been doing. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • Why I’m recording this more than a month before it airs, and how you’re all missing out on hearing about my trip to Europe, which will have just finished then. 
  • A summary of the publications covered in the blog in August 
  • Velasco, Sherry. 2011. Lesbians in Early Modern Spain. Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville. ISBN 978-0-8265-1750-0 (We’ve spent this month going through the chapters on legal records, celebrity gender benders, women’s romantic relationships in convents, homoerotic motifs on stage and in novels, and the visual stereotype of lesbians in early modern Spain) 
  • What’s coming up in the blog: books on Boston Marriage and the queer history of Boston
  • This month’s author guest: Genevieve Fortin 
  • Ask Sappho: “An anonymous poster on the facebook group asks: What are some lesbian novels set during the American Civil War?

 

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

You can follow the blog on my website or subscribe to the RSS feed 

Here are the books mentioned in the Ask Sappho segment: 

Through the Hourglass edited by Sacchi Green and Patty G. Henderson on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Firefly by Whitney Hamilton on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Promising Hearts by Radclyffe on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

House of Clouds by K. I. Thompson on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Words Heard in Silence by T. Novan and Taylor Rickard on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

The War Between the Hearts by Nann Dunne on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Miserere by Caren J. Werlinger on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Divided Nation, United Hearts by Yolanda Wallace on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Beguiled by Paisley Smith on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Her Beguiling Bride by Paisley Smith on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

Sabre by Rhavensfyre on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

And this article gives examples of real-life women who fought and spied in the Civil War in male disguise, just like many of the characters in these novels.

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Beguines Boston Marriage And Bed Death

August 26, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast 

Episode 13d - Beguines, Boston Marriage, and Bed Death: Historic Archetypes of Asexual Lesbianism 

This show takes a tour through a variety of social models in European history that recognized committed romantic partnerships between women that did not focus on sexual desire. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • Emotional partnerships between women dedicated to religious chastity 
  • The rise of Neo-Platonic friendship as a model for women’s relationships 
  • The divergence between models of erotic and platonic female partnerships 
  • The rise of the Romantic Friendship over the 17th to 19th centuries and how economic changes made it an achievable ideal 
  • The origin of the term Boston Marriage 
  • The concept of “political lesbianism” 
  • The myth of “lesbian bed death” and how it can speak to some couples 

 

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

You can follow the blog on my website or subscribe to the RSS feed 

This topic is drawn from a wide variety of sources covered in the Lesbian Historic Motif Project. The following tags will provide further reading on the central themes: 

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Book Appreciation with Catherine Lundoff

August 19, 2017

Book Appreciation with Catherine Lundoff 

In the Book Appreciation segments, our featured authors (or your host) will talk about one or more favorite books with queer female characters in a historic setting. 

In this episode Catherine Lundoff recommends some favorite queer historical novels:  

Tomoe Gozen by Jessica Amanda Salmonson Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Kissing the Witch (collection) by Emma Donoghue Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Affinity by Sarah Waters Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

also a nod to The Armor of Light by Melissa Scott and Lisa Barnett (queer authors, but queer male protagonists) Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

For further information on Catherine Lundoff’s fiction, see the website for Queen of Swords Press or the show notes for the previous episode of the Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast when she was interviewed. 

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com 

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Interview with Catherine Lundoff

August 12, 2017

Interview with Catherine Lundoff 

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

In this episode we talk about 

  • How Alexandre Dumas and quitting law school started Catherine’s writing career 
  • Sources of historic inspiration 
  • Her favorite genres 
  • Christopher Marlowe and Shakespeare’s fictional sister 
  • Her aspiration to blend Regency romance and pirates 
  • Catherine’s academic background in history and feminist anthropology 
  • Queen of Swords Press and other projects 
  • Plans for publishing historical fiction with fantastic elements under Queen of Swords Press 

Publications mentioned: 

  • Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories by Catherine Lundoff. Queen of Swords Press, 2017. Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca
  • "M. Le Maupin" in Lesbian Short Fiction, edited by Jinx Beers. Vol 3, Fall, 1997. Tantra Publications.
  • The Encyclopedia of Amazons by Jessica Amanda Salmonson. 1992. 
  • Wild Women: Crusaders, Curmudgeons, and Completely Corsetless Ladies in the Otherwise Virtuous Victorian Era by Autumn Stephens. Conari Press, 1992. Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca
  • “A Splash of Crimson” by Catherine Lundoff in Respectable Horror, ed. Ian Burdon. Fox Spirit Books, 2017. Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca
  • “Shakespeare’s Sister” in A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. 1929. (https://www.amazon.com/Room-Ones-Own-Virginia-Woolf/dp/1614279934)
  • A Dead Man in Deptford by Anthony Burgess. 1995. Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca
  • “Great Reckonings, Little Rooms” by Catherine Lundoff (in Out of This World) Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca
  • "Regency Masquerade" by Catherine Lundoff, reprinted in Kissed By Venus, May, 2008. Originally published in the Harrington Park Lesbian Fiction Quarterly. Vol. 3 (1), Alice Street Editions, 2002. (Historical Romance). (Mentioned in the interview as “Bath Masquerade”) 
  • The Four Musketeers: The True Story of D'Artagnan, Porthos, Aramis & Athos by Kari Maund and Phil Nanson. Tempus, 2005. Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca
  • Aphra Behn: A Secret Life by Janet Todd. Fentum Press, 2017. (reprint of the 1997 edition The Secret Life of Aphra Behn) Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca
  • Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff. Queen of Swords Press, 2017. (contemporary fantasy, not historical) Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

Website: 

Twitter: 

Facebook: 

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com 

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: On the Shelf

August 5, 2017

On the Shelf 

Episode 13a 

The first of a new expanded schedule of episodes, now appearing weekly! 

In this episode we talk about 

  • The organization of the new weekly schedule 
  • A summary of the publications covered in the blog in July 
  • Stepto, Michele & Gabriel Stepto (translators).  Catalina de Erauso.  Lieutenant Nun -- Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World.  Boston: Beacon Press, 1996. ISBN 0-8070-7073-4 
  • Velasco, Sherry. 2000. The Lieutenant Nun: Transgenderism, Lesbian Desire and Catalina de Erauso. University of Texas Press. ISBN 0-292-78746-4 
  • Velasco, Sherry. 2011. Lesbians in Early Modern Spain. Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville. ISBN 978-0-8265-1750-0 (the first two chapters: introduction, and legal, medical, and theological works) 
  • This month’s author guest: Catherine Lundoff 
  • Ask Sappho: Sheena asks: “I would like a kind of breakdown of when it became illegal and legal to be lesbian. What I am finding interesting is that it wasn't always a big taboo what changed?”  

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

You can follow the blog on my website or subscribe to the RSS feed 

This following sources provide more information on the discussion topics: 

  • Crawford, Patricia & Sara Mendelson. 1995. "Sexual Identities in Early Modern England: The Marriage of Two Women in 1680" in Gender and History vol 7, no 3: 362-377. More Here  
  • Crompton, Louis. 1985. “The Myth of Lesbian Impunity: Capital Laws from 1270 to 1791” in Licata, Salvatore J. & Robert P. Petersen (eds). The Gay Past: A Collection of Historical Essays. Harrington Park Press, New York. ISBN 0-918393-11-6 (Also published as Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 6, numbers 1/2, Fall/Winter 1980.) More Here 
  • Lansing, Carol. 2005. “Donna con Donna? A 1295 Inquest into Female Sodomy” in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History: Sexuality and Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, Third Series vol. II: 109-122. More Here 
  • Puff, Helmut. 2000. "Female Sodomy: The Trial of Katherina Hetzeldorfer (1477)" in Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies: 30:1, 41-61. More Here 
  • Sears, Clare. 2015. Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco. Durham: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-5758-2 More Here 

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com 

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Catalina de Erauso

July 29, 2017

Catalina de Erauso 

This is a brief tour through the life of an early 17th century Basque woman (or possibly trans man--though it’s tricky to use any sort of modern category label) who escaped from a convent at age 15, began living as a man, and went off to the Spanish colonies in the New World to seek fortune and adventure. She found plenty of adventure. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • The basic facts of Catalina’s life 
  • Why it’s difficult to try to apply modern categories of gender and sexuality to historic individuals 
  • The literary and pop culture context of early 17th century Spain that may have shaped how Catalina’s story was told--and even perhaps inspired her actions 
  • Catalina’s romantic and erotic encounters with women, and why they’re a bit less satisfying to a modern audience than we might wish 
  • Some exciting new changes to the Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast 

 

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here

The full text of Catalina de Erauso’s autobiography can be found in translation in: 

  • Stepto, Michele & Gabriel Stepto (translators). 1996. Catalina de Erauso. Lieutenant Nun -- Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World. Boston: Beacon Press. ISBN 0-8070-7073-4 Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

The other major sources used for this podcast are: 

  • Velasco, Sherry. 2000. The Lieutenant Nun: Transgenderism, Lesbian Desire and Catalina de Erauso. University of Texas Press. ISBN 0-292-78746-4 Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca
  • Velasco, Sherry. 2011. Lesbians in Early Modern Spain. Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville. ISBN 978-0-8265-1750-0 Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

This topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project here

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Episode 11 Sappho The Translations

June 24, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast 

Episode 11 - Sappho: The Translations 

In this show we’ll look at the legacy of Sappho from the Middle Ages up through the 19th century: the various images people had of her, how people used her as a symbol, the way those images affected how her poetry was translated into everyday languages, and how poets used her themes and imagery in their own work. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • How much poetry did Sappho write, and how much survives? Why was it lost, and why were the bits we have preserved? 
  • What was the changing image of Sappho from the middle ages through the 19th century? How did people reconcile their admiration for Sappho’s poetry and their disapproval of homosexuality? 
  • Who translated Sappho’s works and how did their opinions of her affect those translations? 

The show will include recitations of the following poems: 

  • Ode to Aphrodite & Fragment #31: Jane McIntosh Snyder from Lesbian Desire in the Lyrics of Sappho (20th century) 
  • “On a Lady Named Beloved” inspired by fragment #31: Anne de Rohan (1617), translated from the French 
  • Fragment #31: John Hall (1652) 
  • Fragment #31: Joseph Addison (1735) 
  • Ode to Aphrodite & Fragment #31: Abrose Philips (1748) 
  • “Eleanore” inspired by Fragment #31: Lord Tennyson (1832) 
  • Fragment #31 & “Imitation of Sappho” inspired by Fragment #31: Mary Hewitt (1845) 

 

More info 

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The poetic texts are from the following publications:

  • Addison, Joseph. 1735. The Works of Anacreon, Translated into English Verse, with Notes Explanatory and Poetical. To which are added the Odes, Fragments, and Epigrams of Sappho. London. 
  • Castle, Terry (ed). 2003. The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology from Ariosto to Stonewall. Columbia University Press, New York. ISBN 0-231-12510-0 
  • Hall, John. 1652. Sappho’s On the Sublime
  • Snyder, Jane. 1997. Lesbian Desire in the Lyrics of Sappho. New York: Columbia University Press. 
  • Wharton, Henry Thornton. 1887. Sappho: Memoir, Text, Selected Renderings, and a Literal  Translation. London. 

This topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project here  

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to me via email 

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Episode 10 Sappho Of Lesbos

June 3, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast 

Episode 10 - Sappho of Lesbos - The Woman and the Legend 

As a special Pride Month celebration, I’m recording a pair of episodes talking about the poet Sappho: what we know about her life and context, the legends that sprang up about her, what people of various ages thought of her, and most especially what they knew of her poetry, how they interpreted and even imitated it. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • The known facts of Sappho’s life 
  • What classical Greek and Roman writers said about her 
  • Possible explanations for some of the contradictory stories about her 
  • The social context for Sappho’s expressions of love and desire for women, and what sort of relationships were most likely involved 

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

This topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project here 

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to me via email 

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Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Mademoiselle de Richelieu

April 29, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast 

Episode 9 - The Travels and Adventures of Mademoiselle de Richelieu 

This mid-18th century novel tells the story of two women romping through Europe in male disguise, breaking hearts, having narrow escapes, falling in love with each other, and ending up deciding to share the rest of their lives together. The 18th century prose is rather dense, but I’ve tried to pick selections that show why I find it fascinating. 

 

In this episode we talk about 

  • The historic context of the novel 
  • An overall plot summary 
  • Readings of selected excerpts that illustrate the romantic relationship between the two main characters 

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

The full text of The Travels and Adventures of Mademoiselle de Richelieu is accessible primarily through academic libraries, but is available in electronic facsimile. WorldCat has the following listings for it 

This topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project here 

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