Episode 25b: Interview with Vanda

August 11, 2018

Interview with Vanda

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 25b

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

In this episode we talk about

  • The Juliana series and how it follows queer history across the latter half of the 20th century

Publications mentioned:

More info

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

Website:

Facebook

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No transcript is available for this episode.

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Episode 25a - On the Shelf August 2018

August 4, 2018

On the Shelf August 2018

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 25a

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

In this episode we talk about

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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Title: Episode 24d: Women and Same-Sex Marriage in Western History

July 28, 2018

Women and Same-Sex Marriage in Western History

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 24d

A survey of strategies for getting your historical protagonists hitched across the centuries.

In this episode we talk about

  • How the concepts of “women”, “same-sex”, and “marriage” are being defined for the purpose of this discussion
  • Cultures that may have supported marriage between women as an equal option
  • Cases of same-sex marriage enabled by presenting as an opposite sex couple
  • The permeability of the “opposite sex” requirement in actual practice
  • Using the forms and rituals of marriage, even when the legal status was not available

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 here:

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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Episode 24c - Book Appreciation with Justine Saracen

July 21, 2018

Book Appreciation with Justine Saracen

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 24c

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

In this episode Justine Saracen recommends some favourite queer historical novels:

More info

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

For further information on Justine Saracen see her Bold Strokes Books web page 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

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Episode 24b: Interview with Justine Saracen

July 14, 2018

Interview with Justine Saracen

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 24b

In this episode we talk about

  • The Berlin Airlift and its historic context
  • Why Justine started writing about World War II
  • Political parallels with current politics
  • The hazards of writing non-romance novels in history
  • How wartime disruption of social roles creates a useful setting for lesbian fiction
  • Justine’s non-WWII novels and the “cross-time” approach to historical fiction
  • Using historical fiction to show repeating human patterns
  • Favorite research sources: location, location, location
  • Justine’s current project: The Sami in Norway in WWII

Books mentioned

More info

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

Website:

Facebook

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

No transcript is available for this podcast

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Episode 24a - On the Shelf July 2018

July 7, 2018

On the Shelf July 2018

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 24a

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

In this episode we talk about

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. http://alpennia.com/blog/lesbian-historic-motif-podcast-episode-24a-shelf-july-2018

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Episode 23e: Inscribed by V. M. Agab

June 30, 2018

Inscribed by V. M. Agab

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 23e

Every month when there is a fifth show, we’ll be presenting new original lesbian historical fiction.

In this episode we present “Inscribed” by V.M. Agab

  • This is V. M. Agab’s very first professional fiction sale!
  • M. Agab lives in Brooklyn, with her parents and three wonderfully annoying siblings. When she isn’t babysitting, she writes fanfiction to soothe the soul, and occasionally blogs for Women and Words. She is currently working on a novel of the queer persuasion and is getting ready to start graduate school this fall to pursue writing as a career.
  • Our narrator for this episode is Ann Etter. She is an avid reader who finds that narration is the perfect blend of her love of acting with her love for the printed page and she, too, blogs occasionally for Women and Words. Her day job involves numbers and tax forms. She says, she especially enjoyed this story as it hearkened back to her college days studying medieval history. Ann has three children and two grandchildren and loves home improvement projects. She is a native of New Hampshire and has lived in Minnesota for over 25 years.
  • This recording is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License. You may share it in the full original form but you may not sell it, you may not transcribe it, and you may not adapt it.

More info

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

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

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

A text version of the story and transcript of this podcast is available here.

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Episode 23d: The Ladies of Llangollen

June 23, 2018

The Ladies of Llangollen

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 23d

Most people interested in lesbian history know the basic story of Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, known as the Ladies of Llangollen. I take on their story by presenting it through extended quotations from their own writings, from accounts of people who met them, and from poetry written in their honor.

In this episode we talk about

  • Why it took me so long to get to this topic, and why The Ladies hold a special place in my heart
  • Letters from Sarah Ponsonby’s relatives on the occasion of her elopement
  • Excerpts from Eleanor Butler’s journal
  • “Llangollen Vale” by Anna Seward
  • A sonnet dedicated to Butler and Ponsonby by William Wordsworth
  • Description of visits, from Eleanor Butler’s journal
  • Entries from Anne Lister’s diaries relating to her trip to Wales and her visit with Sarah Ponsonby
  • A newspaper article about Butler and Ponsonby that inspired them to consider a lawsuit
  • Why I consider The Ladies of Llangollen to be lesbian icons

More info

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

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 here

Some links to online resources mentioned in this podcast:

Sources for the Texts

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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Episode 23c - Book Appreciation with Lise MacTague

June 16, 2018

Book Appreciation with Lise MacTague

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 23c

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 Lise MacTague recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

More info

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

For further information on Lise MacTague see https://lisemactague.com 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

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Episode 23b: Interview with Lise MacTague

June 9, 2018

Interview with Lise MacTague

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 23b

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

In this episode we talk about

  • The world-building of Demon in the Machine
  • The Industrial Revolution and bargains with the devil
  • Why Lise did not become a medieval historian and what sparked her interest in historical settings
  • Steampunk inspirations
  • Researching demons and steam-powered carriages

Publications mentioned:

More info

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

Website:

Twitter:

  • @LiseMacTague

Facebook

Goodreads

Podcast

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

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Heather Rose Jones Shares 5 Books (and Reasons!) that Prove the English Regency is the Perfect Setting for Romances Between Women

June 8, 2018

Heather Rose Jones Shares 5 Books (and Reasons!) that Prove the English Regency is the Perfect Setting for Romances Between Women

Les Do Books

In this episode of Les Do Books, Tara is joined by Heather Rose Jones, author, reviewer at The Lesbian Review, and host of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project. Heather has 5 reasons why the English Regency is the perfect setting for romances between women, and book recommendations to back them up.

Check out the reasons and books she discussed here:

Learn more about Heather Rose Jones

More info

If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please consider contributing to the Patreon for The Lesbian Talk Show channel.

Come talk to us about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club.

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com.

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Episode 23a - On the Shelf June 2018

June 2, 2018

On the Shelf June 2018

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 23a 

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

In this episode we talk about

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. http://alpennia.com/blog/lesbian-historic-motif-podcast-episode-23a-shelf-june-2018

If you enjoy this podcast and others at The Lesbian Talk Show, please consider supporting the show through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheLesbianTalkShow

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Episode 22d: Queer Women’s Communities and Meeting Places

May 26, 2018

Queer Women’s Communities and Meeting Places

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 22d

An exploration of how and where women met to pursue romantic and sexual relationships with each other.

In this episode we talk about

  • The problem of assuming that male and female homosexual experiences are equivalent in history
  • Fictional and conceptual communities
  • Public meeting places
  • Small personal communities
  • Lesbian sex clubs

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/)

The following podcasts are referenced in this show:

The following publications covered on the blog are mentioned in this show or used as sources:

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. http://alpennia.com/blog/lesbian-historic-motif-podcast-episode-22d-queer-womens-communities-and-meeting-places

If you enjoy this podcast and others at The Lesbian Talk Show, please consider supporting the show through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheLesbianTalkShow

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Episode 22c - Book Appreciation with Jeannelle M. Ferreira

May 19, 2018

Book Appreciation with Jeannelle M. Ferreira

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 22c

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 Jeannelle M. Ferreira recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

More info

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

For further information on Jeannelle M. Ferreira see https://jeannellewrites.wordpress.com 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

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Episode 22b: Interview with Jeannelle M. Ferreira

May 12, 2018

Interview with Jeannelle M. Ferreira

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 22b 

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

In this episode we talk about

  • The attractions of the Regency romance
  • Jeannelle’s earlier works, especially a novel set in the Vilna ghetto during WWII
  • Jewish influences in her writing
  • Jeannelle’s background as a student of history
  • Sexuality and PTSD in the Regency era
  • The National Trust’s website on queer history in the UK
  • Finding queer-coded characters in childhood favorite books
  • Researching war in Waterloo diaries of British soldiers
  • The path through British historical YA fiction that leads to a study of imperial and colonial history
  • Horses and swords--it always comes back to horses and swords
  • Future projects: more about Nora and Harriet, gender-bending Kit Marlowe, World War I flying aces, and lesbian pirates

Publications mentioned:

More info

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

Website:

Twitter:

  • @JeannelleWrites

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

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Episode 22a - On the Shelf May 2018

May 5, 2018

On the Shelf May 2018

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 22a

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

    • Crawford, Julie. 2009. “Women’s Secretaries” in Queer Renaissance Historiography, Vin Nardizzi, Stephen Guy-Bray & Will Stockton, eds. Ashgate, Burlington VT. ISBN 978-0-7546-7608-9
    • Drouin, Jennifer. 2009. “Diana’s Band: Safe Spaces, Publics, and Early Modern Lesbianism” in Queer Renaissance Historiography, Vin Nardizzi, Stephen Guy-Bray & Will Stockton, eds. Ashgate, Burlington VT. ISBN 978-0-7546-7608-9
    • Putter, Ad. “Transvestite Knights in Medieval Life and History” in Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome & Bonnie Wheeler (eds). 1997. Becoming Male in the Middle Ages. Garland, New York.
    • Rowson, Everett K. 2003. “Gender Irregularity as Entertainment: Institutionalized Transvestism at the Caliphal Court in Medieval Baghdad” in Farmer, Sharon & Carol Braun Pasternack (eds). Gender and Difference in the Middle Ages. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis. ISBN 0-8166-3893-4
    • Wiethaus, Ulrike. “In Serch of Medieval Women’s Friendships: Hildegard of Bingen’s Letters to her Female Contemporaries” in Wiethaus, Ulrike (ed). 1993. Maps of Flesh and Light: The Religious Experience of Medieval Women Mystics. Syracuse University Press, Syracuse.
    • Kruk, Remke. 1998. “The Bold and the Beautiful: Women and ‘fitna’ in the Sirat Dhat al-Himma: The Story of Nura” in Women in the Medieval Islamic World: Power, Patronage, and Piety, ed. Gavin R. G. Hambly. New York: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 0-312-21057-4
    • Bennett, Judith and Shannon McSheffrey. 2014. “Early, Exotic and Alien: Women Dressed as Men in Late Medieval London” in History Workshop Journal. 77 (1): 1-25.
  • Announcing this month’s author guest, Jeannelle M. Ferreira
  • Forthcoming Books
  • Ask Sappho: Why isn’t there an Ask Sappho question this month?

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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Episode 21d: Diana and Callisto: The Sometimes Problematic Search for Representation

April 28, 2018

Diana and Callisto: The Sometimes Problematic Search for Representation

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 21d 

Ovid’s myth of Diana and Callisto had lasting popularity through the medieval and early modern periods and provided a context for some unexpected representation of erotic interactions between women. But hoo boy are there some problematic aspects to this topic!

In this episode we talk about

  • The goddess Diana and her attributes
  • The myths of Diana and Acteon, and of Diana and Callisto
  • Virginity and chastity and what they have to do with lesbians
  • Why the Callisto story has some major issues when considered through a transgender lens
  • Female homoerotic art and the male gaze
  • The goddess Diana as a symbol of women’s separatist lives in literature

More info

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

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 here:

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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Episode 21c - Book Appreciation with Liz Bourke

April 21, 2018

Book Appreciation with Liz Bourke

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 21c

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

In this episode reviewer Liz Bourke recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

More info

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

Twitter:

  • @hawkwing_lb

Many of Liz’s reviews can be found at the following sites:

Liz has a collection of some of her past SFF reviews which, since the time we recorded the interview, has been announced as a finalist for the Hugo Award in the Best Related Work category.

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

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Episode 21b: Interview with Alyssa Cole

April 14, 2018

Interview with Alyssa Cole

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 21b

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

In this episode we talk about

  • Alyssa’s novella “That Could Be Enough” in Hamilton’s Battalion
  • How Alyssa, Courtney Milan, and Rose Lerner brainstormed up the anthology
  • How the musical Hamilton inspired the collection
  • Writing marginalized identities in historical romance
  • Researching historic New York City
  • The surprising acceptance of some same-sex couples in 18th century America
  • The distinction between “historical accuracy” and “historical average” in developing characters
  • Alyssa’s favorite historical writers and how Ta-Nehisi Coates’ blog sent her inspiration in different directions

Publications mentioned:

More info

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

Website:

Twitter & Instagram:

  • @AlyssaColeLit

Facebook

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

No transcript is available for this episode.

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Episode 21a - On the Shelf April 2018

April 7, 2018

On the Shelf April 2018

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 21a

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

In this episode we talk about

More info

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

If you enjoy this podcast and others at The Lesbian Talk Show, please consider supporting the show through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheLesbianTalkShow

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