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 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here

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 

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

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Medieval Love Poetry

March 25, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast

Episode 8 - Medieval Love Poetry

This episode looks at examples of courtly love--both in poetry and in prose--expressed between two women, or by two female characters.

 

In this episode we talk about

  • The context and conventions of the “courtly love” genre
  • The problems of relating the sentiments expressed in courtly love literature to everyday lives and experiences
  • Scholarly blind spots when interpreting same-sex expressions of courtly love
  • Love, desire, and friendship between women in the 13th century French story L’Escoufle
  • The 13th century troubariz (female troubador) Bieiris de Romans and the love poem she wrote to a woman named Maria
  • A passionate poem of love and longing written by one anonymous 12th century German woman to another

 

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here

The full text of Na Maria by Bieris de Romans can be found in:

  • Bogin, Meg. 1976. The Women Troubadours. Paddington Press, Ltd., New York. ISBN 0-8467-0113-8

The full text of the Tegernsee MS poem can be found in:

  • 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.

You may be able to read the relevant pages of these works through Google Books.

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

  • http://alpennia.com/lhmp/lhmp-event-person/l’escoufle
  • http://alpennia.com/lhmp/lhmp-event-person/na-maria-bieiris-de-romans
  • http://alpennia.com/lhmp/lhmp-event-person/tegernsee-ms

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

Or ask me on the Lesbian Talk Show Chat Group on facebook

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Episode 7 - Aphra Behn

February 25, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project 

Episode 7 - Aphra Behn 

This episode is about the 17th century novelist, playwright, and spy Aphra Behn. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • Behn’s careers in espionage and literature 
  • Her bisexuality and some of the complexities of how desire between women was portrayed in the 17th century 
  • Poem: VERSES design'd by Mrs. A. Behn, to be sent to a fair Lady, that desir'd she would absent  her∣self, to cure her Love. Left unfinish'd 
  • Poem: The Dream 
  • Poem: To the Fair Clarinda Who made love to me, Imagin'd more than woman 
  • Dedicatory text to Hortense Mancini, Duchesse Mazarine 

 

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at this website

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

There is an extensive and detailed biography of Aphra Behn that I haven’t yet included in the LHMP: Todd, Janet.  1996.  Secret Life of Aphra Behn.  Rutgers Univ Press, New Brunswick.  ISBN  0-8135-2455-5

If you’d like to read some historical fiction that includes an entirely imagined meeting between Aphra and Hortense Mancini, you can find it here

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to Heather Rose Jones via Email

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The Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Catherine Vizzani

January 28, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast

Episode 6 - Catherine Vizzani

This is the exciting and somewhat surprising story of an 18th century Italian woman who received a surprising level of acceptance for her sexual orientation, both from her parents and from an employer.

In this episode we talk about

  • The outline of Catherine Vizzani’s life
  • Readings from the English translation of her biography, in all their 18th century glory

 

More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here

The full text of the 1755 English translations of Catherine Vizzani’s biography can be found 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: contact@alpennia.com

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Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Laudomia Loves Margaret

December 31, 2016

Lesbian Historic Motif Project Podcast 
Episode 5 Laudomia Loves Margaret

by Heather Rose Jones


A discussion of the poetry of Laudomia Forteguerra and this historic context for her relationship with Margaret of Austria can be found in the following article.


Eisenbichler, Konrad. “Laudomia Forteguerri Loves Margaret of Austria” in Same Sex Love and Desire Among Women in the Middle Ages (ed. By Francesca Canadé Sautman & Pamela Sheingorn), Palgrave, New York, 2001.


You can find a discussion of this article as part of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project blog here


You can find Heather Rose Jones novels on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

 

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Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Bosom Sex

November 26, 2016

Lesbian Historic Motif Project Podcast 

Episode 4 “Bosom Sex”

by Heather Rose Jones


A discussion of the correspondence between Addie Brown and Rebecca Primus and the details of their personal histories can be found in the following article.


Hansen, Karen V. 1995. "No Kisses is Like Youres" in Gender and History vol 7, no 2: 153-182.


You can find a discussion of this article as part of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project blog here


You can find Heather Rose Jones novels on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca

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Lesbian Historic Motif Project: The Goblin Market

October 29, 2016

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast 

Halloween Special: The Goblin Market

by Heather Rose Jones

For this Halloween Special, I’ll be looking at sensual language and imagery in Christina Rossetti’s epic poem “The Goblin Market”.


In this episode we talk about

  • Rossetti’s background and life
  • The conflicting frameworks of romantic friendship and supernatural lesbian decadence present in 19th century literature
  • Excerpts of sensual passages from The Goblin Market, Christabel, and Carmilla
  • A full reading of The Goblin Market

More info

  • If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to: contact@alpennia.com
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Heather & Suzie - The Masks We Wear (special halloween episode)

October 27, 2016

Heather & Suzie 

The Masks We Wear (Special Halloween Show)

Novelist Suzie Carr from the Curves Welcome podcast and novelist Heather Rose Jones from the Lesbian Historic Motif Project team up for a special edition of their shows to discuss the use of “masks” and “costumes” — both physical and metaphorical — as a tool for exploring and negotiating identities in real life and in the online world. 


You can find Heather Rose Jones on amazon.com | amazon.co.uk |amazon.ca

You can find Suzie Carr on amazon.com | amazon.co.uk | amazon.ca

Send us an email on podcast@thelesbiantalkshow.com 

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Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Same-sex Marriage in Restoration England

September 24, 2016

Lesbian Historic Motif Project Podcast 

Episode 2 “Same-Sex Marriage in Restoration England”

by Heather Rose Jones

A discussion of the marriage between Amy Poulter (as James Howard) and Arabella Hunt, and of the subsequent lawsuit to dissolve the marriage, can be found in the following publication.


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.


You can find a discussion of this article as part of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project blog here


You can find Heather Rose Jones novels on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

 

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Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Ordinary Women

August 27, 2016

Lesbian Historic Motif Project Podcast

Episode 1 “Ordinary Women”

by Heather Rose Jones

 

The historic records concerning Greta von Mösskirch and Jehanne and Laurence are discussed in detail in the following publications.


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.


Puff, Helmut. 2000. "Female Sodomy: The Trial of Katherina Hetzeldorfer (1477)" in Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies: 30:1, 41-61.


You can find a discussion of these articles as part of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project blog here and here

 

You can also find Heather Rose Jones fantasy novels on Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca

 

 

 

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