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

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A transcript of this episode can be found here.

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Episode 20e: One Night in Saint-Martin by Catherine Lundoff

March 31, 2018

One Night in Saint-Martin by Catherine Lundoff

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20e

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

In this episode we present “One Night in Saint Martin” by Catherine Lundoff

  • Catherine was featured in the very first Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast author interview, in August 2017 and I’m delighted to be able to offer you this tale of spies and pirates in the mid-17th century Carribbean.
  • Catherine lives in Minneapolis with her wife and two cats. She is an award-winning writer and editor whose stories and articles have appeared, or are forthcoming, in venues such as Respectable Horror, My Wandering Uterus, Tales of the Unanticipated, The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty, Renewal, Callisto, The Cainite Conspiracies: A Vampire the Masquerade V20 Anthology and Nightmare Magazine: Queers Destroy Horror. Her recent books include Silver Moon and Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories. Catherine is also the publisher at Queen of Swords Press, a new genre fiction publisher of tales from out of this world. When not writing or working on Queen of Swords, Catherine is a professional computer geek and former archeologist who enjoys science fiction and fantasy, good books and local theater.
  • Our narrator for this episode is Tiana Hanson. Tiana was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and came to the Bay Are to chase her lifelong dream of being a professional actress. She has narrated fifteen audiobooks (available on Audible), mostly lesbian romances, and is delighted to find a new creative outlet that allows her queer light to shine.
  • 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 (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 text version of the story and transcript of this podcast is available here.

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Episode 20d: Falling in Love with Cross-Dressing Girls

March 24, 2018

Falling in Love with Cross-Dressing Girls

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20d

An exploration of the concept of the “portal fantasy” and how it applies to historic literature involving cross-dressing as a context for same-sex desire.

In this episode we talk about

  • The context of women cross-dressing in history and literature
  • The literary genre of “portal fantasies” and the devices they use to connect author, reader, and story into a unified whole
  • Cross-dressing plots as a type of romantic portal fantasy
  • A catalog of story structures in which cross-dressing provides a context for same-sex desire

Further information about the texts and topics can be found at the following links

For general discussions of female cross-dressing in literature and real life see the following:

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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Episode 20c - Book Appreciation with Elizabeth Bear

March 17, 2018

Book Appreciation with Elizabeth Bear

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20c

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 Elizabeth Bear recommends a favorite queer historical novels:

  • Everfair by Nisi Shawl
  • Everfair is a alternate steampunk history of colonial Congo, with a lovely wealth of queer characters rooted in the historic understandings of sexuality of the times.

More info

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

For further information on Elizabeth Bear see her Patreon 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.

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 20b: Interview with Elizabeth Bear

March 10, 2018

Interview with Elizabeth Bear

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20b

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

In this episode we talk about

  • Elizabeth’s upcoming steampunk novel Stone Mad, an independent sequel to Karen Memory. Set in an alternate late 19th century Pacific Northwest, Karen navigates her way past murderers, corrupt politicians, and arcane conspiracies the help of a steam-powered armored sewing machine, the other denizens of the disreputable Hôtel Mon Cherie, and her girlfriend Priya.
  • How Karen Memory started out as a YA novel and what happened next
  • The importance of voice in how the stories developed
  • The roots of the world in Verne, Wells, and actual history
  • Future stories involving Karen Memory
  • The difference between writing grim versus hopeful worlds, even when bad things happen to your characters
  • The social, historical, and political context of thePacific Northwest that made it a perfect story setting
  • Basing stories on cultural patterns as opposed to events, and why Elizabeth doesn’t write actual historical fiction
  • Elizabeth’s early experiences discovering SFF with queer characters and the importance of representation in fiction

Publications mentioned:

More info

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

Website:

Twitter:

  • @matociquala

Dreamwidth:

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.

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 20a - On the Shelf March 2018

March 3, 2018

On the Shelf March 2018

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20a

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

In this episode we talk about

  • The stories chosen for the new audio fiction episodes

    • "Peaceweaver" by Jennifer Nestojko
    • "At the Mouth" by Gurmika Mann
    • "Inscribed" by V.M. Agab
    • "One Night in Saint Martin" by Catherine Lundoff
  • Recent and upcoming publications covered on the blog
    • Conner, Randy P. 1997. “Les Molles et les chausses: Mapping the Isle of Hermaphrodites in Premodern France” in Queerly Phrased: Language Gender, and Sexuality, ed. Anna Livia & Kira Hall. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-510471-4
    • Bonnet, Marie-Jo. 1997. “Sappho, or the Importance of Culture in the Language of Love” in Queerly Phrased: Language Gender, and Sexuality, ed. Anna Livia & Kira Hall. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-510471-4
    • Watt, Diane. 1997. “Read My Lips: Clipping and Kyssyng in the Early Sixteenth Century” in Queerly Phrased: Language, Gender, and Sexuality, ed. Anna Livia and Kira Hall. New York, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-510471-4
    • Merrill, Lisa. 2000. When Romeo was a Woman: Charlotte Cushman and her Circle of Female Spectators. The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. ISBN 978-0-472-08749-5
    • Leach, Joseph. 1970. Bright Particular Star: The Life and Times of Charlotte Cushman. Yale University Press, New Haven.
    • Summerscale, Kate. 1997. The Queen of Whale Cay. Viking, New York. ISBN 0-670-88018-3
    • Gonda, Caroline. 2006. “Lesbian Narrative in the Travels and Adventures of Mademoiselle de Richelieu” in British Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies 29, no. 2: 191-200.
    • Straub, Kristina. 1991. “The Guilty Pleasures of Female Theatrical Cross-Dressing and the Autobiography of Charlotte Charke.” in Body Guards: The Cultural Politics of Gender Ambiguity, ed. Julia Epstein and Kristina Straub. New York: Routledge. pp. 142-66
    • Putter, Ad. 1997. “Transvestite Knights in Medieval Life and History” in Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome & Bonnie Wheeler (eds), Becoming Male in the Middle Ages. Garland, New York. pp. 279-302
  • Announcing this month’s author guest, Elizabeth Bear
  • New and forthcoming lesbian historical fiction titles
  • Ask Sappho: A special interview with composer and artist Phoebe Legere about her new one-woman musical about lesbian celebrity and speedboat racer Marion “Joe” Carstairs

 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.

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 19d: Charlotte Cushman

February 24, 2018

Charlotte Cushman

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 19d

Charlotte Cushman was the greatest American actress of the 19th century. So why isn’t she a household name?

In this episode we talk about

  • Cushman’s professional career arc
  • The ways in which 19th century attitudes toward romance and sex affected reception of Cushman’s performances
  • The phenomenon of Romantic Friendship between women, and how it wasn’t necessarily as sexless or as respectable as we’re sometimes led to believe
  • A chronology of Cushman’s many female romantic partners
  • Cushman’s social circle of women intellectuals and artists at her “retirement” home in Rome
  • A discussion of how Cushman’s careful management and curation of her public image, particularly with respect to her lovers, calls into question some of the popular assumptions about Romantic Friendshp and Boston Marriages
  • Why the world desperately needs a TV mini-series about Cushman’s life and social circle

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: http://alpennia.com/lhmp/lhmp-event-person/charlotte-cushman

My most useful source for this episode is: Merrill, Lisa. 2000. When Romeo was a Woman: Charlotte Cushman and her Circle of Female Spectators. The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. ISBN 978-0-472-08749-5

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.

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 19c - Book Appreciation with Ellen Klages

February 17, 2018

Book Appreciation with Ellen Klages

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 19c

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

In this episode Ellen Klages recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

  • Sarah Waters The Paying Guests (Amazon)
  • Nicola Griffith Hild (Amazon)
  • Ellen Kushner Tremontaine (Serial Box)

Ellen also talks about The Tiptree Award for genre fiction that expands or explores gender roles, which has long lists of recommended books going back 27 years. [https://tiptree.org]

More info

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

For further information on Ellen Klages see her website http://ellenklages.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 19b: Interview with Ellen Klages

February 10, 2018

Interview with Ellen Klages

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 19b

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

In this episode we talk about

  • The long incubation for the ideas that became Passing Strange
  • Lesbian culture in mid-century San Francisco and the San Francisco World’s Fair on Treasure Island
  • The hidden interconnectedness of Ellen’s novels
  • The love of historic objects and texts
  • Historical fiction as “time travel” for the reader

Publications mentioned:

  • Passing Strange (tor.com, for signed copies: Borderlands Books, Amazon)
  • “Caligo Lane” (originally published in Subterranean Online, Winter 2014, available in the collection Wicked Wonders Tachyon Publications, 2017, Amazon)
  • “Hey Presto” (originally published in the anthology Fearsome Magics by Jonathan Strahan, 2014, available in the collection Wicked Wonders Tachyon Publications, 2017, Amazon)
  • The Green Glass Sea (Viking Children’s Books, 2006, Amazon)
  • “Time Gypsy” (originally published in Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction, edited by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel (Overlook Press, 1999), also available in the collection Portable Childhoods Tachyon Publications, 2007, Amazon)

More info

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

Website:

Twitter:

  • @eklages

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 19a: On the Shelf February 2018

February 3, 2018

On the Shelf February 2018

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 19a

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

In this episode we talk about

 More info and links

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Episode 18d: (Un)Conventional Women

January 27, 2018

(Un)Conventional Women

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 18d

A discussion of the long and tangled history of the historic fact and literary motif of lesbians in convents.

In this episode we talk about

  • A brief history of Christian attitudes toward sex and Western beliefs about women’s sexuality
  • Convent regulations that address women’s romantic and sexual bonds
  • Case histories of sexual activity between nuns
  • How the Reformation changed the attitude toward convents in Protestant societies
  • The lesbian nun in pornography
  • The lesbian nun as religious polemic
  • The lesbian nun in modern society

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:

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.

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 18c - Book Appreciation with Kathleen Knowles

January 20, 2018

Book Appreciation with Kathleen Knowles

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 18c

In the Book Appreciation segments, our featured author talks about her favorite books with queer female characters in a historic setting.

In this episode Kathleen recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

More info

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

  • For further information on Kathleen Knowles see her entry at Bold Strokes Books 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 18b: Interview with Kathleen Knowles

January 13, 2018

Interview with Kathleen Knowles

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 18b

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

In this episode we talk about

  • Kathy’s interest in reading about the LGBT history of San Francisco
  • Her favorite historians, including Lillian Faderman, Martin Duberman
  • What inspired her three connected novels set in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, culminating with the Great Earthquake
  • Historic eras Kathy would like to tackle in future books, including the US Suffragist movement, post-World War II San Francisco, and the Paris salon culture of the 1920s

Kathy’s historic novels:

More info

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

Bold Strokes Books Website:

Amazon Page:

Twitter:

  • @knowleskathy

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 18a - On the Shelf January 2018

January 6, 2018

On the Shelf January 2018

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 18a

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

In this episode we talk about

  • The call for submissions for the new audio short story segment. See here for details.
  • Recent and upcoming publications covered on the blog
  • The Lesbian Premodern
  • Announcing this month’s author guest, Kathleen Knowles
  • Ask Sappho: Nina, from The Lesbian Review facebook group, asks “Can anyone recommend older literature with subtle (or not so subtle) sapphic undertones? I just read Cousin Bette and really enjoyed the little lesbian romance going on between Valerie and Bette. Apparently the Victorian era had lots of these covert lesbian romance narratives, and I need more!”

Books Cited

Literary Studies

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 (Amazon)

Donoghue, Emma. 2010. Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. ISBN 978-0-307-27094-8 (Amazon)

Faderman, Lillian. 1981.  Surpassing the Love of Men. William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York. ISBN 0-688-00396-6 (Amazon)

Faderman, Lillian (ed). 1994. Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian and Bisexual Literature from the 17th Century to the Present. Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-84638-4 (Amazon)

Foster, Jeannette. 1985. Sex Variant Women in Literature. The Naiad Press. ISBN 0-930044-65-7 Third edition of the original 1956 publication. (Amazon)

Decadent Novels

de Balzac, Honoré. 1846. Cousin Bette. (ebook) (audio book)

de Balzac, Honoré. 1833. The Girl with the Golden Eyes. (ebook) (audio book)

Gautier, Théophile. 1835. Mademoiselle de Maupin. (ebook)

LeFanu, Sheridan. 1872. Carmilla. (ebook) (audio book)

Zola, Emile. 1880. Nana. (ebook)

Novels of Romantic Friendship

Converse, Florence. 1897. Diana Victrix. (ebook)

James, Henry. 1886. The Bostonians. (ebook vol 1, vol 2) (audio book) (movie)

Linton, Eliza Lynn. 1880. The Rebel of the Family. (ebook)

Scott, Sarah. 1762. A Description of Millennium Hall. (ebook)

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 transcript of this episode can be found here.

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Episode 17e: 2017 Roundup

December 30, 2017

2017 Roundup

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 17e

I take the opportunity for a year-end review of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project blog and podcast.

In this episode we talk about

  • What inspired me to first start the blog
  • How the podcast started and how it differs from the blog
  • The podcast expansion and why I enjoy doing author interviews
  • The upcoming fiction project

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 transcript of this podcast is available here.

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Episode 17d: Death did not them Depart

December 23, 2017

Death did not them Depart

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 17d

 An examination of joint grave memorials for pairs of unrelated women that use the symbolism of marriage.

In this episode we talk about

  • Classical Greek sculptural monuments from 5th c. BCE Athens
  • A Classical Roman memorial in which two women are shown clasping right hands, in a gesture typically indicating marriage
  • The unusual joint memorial brass of Elizabeth Etchingham and Agnes Oxenbridge from the 15th century in East Sussex
  • The 17th century grave memorial of Mary Barber of Suffolk, which gave equal prominence to her husband and her beloved friend Ann Chitting.
  • The 18th century memorial of Mary Kendall in Westminster Cathedral commemorating her “close union and friendship” with Lady Catharine Jones and her wish that their ashes might lie together after deat.
  • The memorial dedication by Mary Pope for Katharine Bovey, commemorating their “near 40 years in perfect friendship”, and with additional information documenting their joint household for those 40 years and how Bovey was notorious for refusing marriage in favor of “the pleasues of friendship.”

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:

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 17c: Book Appreciation with T. T. Thomas

December 16, 2017

Book Appreciation with T. T. Thomas

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 17c

 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 T. T. Thomas recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

More info

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

For further information on T. T. Thomas see https://www.ttthomas.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 17b: Interview with T.T. Thomas

December 9, 2017

Interview with T.T. Thomas

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - episode 17b

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

 In this episode we talk about

  • What T.T. finds so interesting about the decades around 1900
  • Her fascination with the Regency-era figure of Anne Lister, whose diaries discuss her affairs with women in code
  • Using professional journals, dictionaries, and court records for historic research
  • Correspondence as a medium of storytelling
  • How T.T.’s international family history inspired her settings
  • The cross-country romantic odyssey of The Blondness of Honey from San Francisco to Chicago
  • The story-within-a story of Vivien and Rose: when your characters start writing their own gothic romantic adventures
  • Writing less common takes on sexuality
  • Speaking of sex in code and metaphor, both in historic documents and fiction
  • Mistress of Mogador and researching cultures very different from your own

Publications mentioned:

More info

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

Website:

Facebook

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

There is no transcript available for this podcast.

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Episode 17a - On the Shelf December 2017

December 2, 2017

On the Shelf December 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 17a

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

In this episode we talk about

  • Call for submissions for the new LHMP audio short story segment. See here for details.
  • Recent and upcoming publications covered on the blog
  • Knighton’s Chronicle
  • A joint grave memorial for two 15th century English women
  • Thinking Sex with the Premoderns by Valerie Traub
  • The Lesbian Premodern
  • Announcing this month’s author guest, T. T. Thomas
  • Ask Sappho: Lauri Wilson asks about the literary and real-life motif of cross-dressing women and how it changed over time.

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 transcript of this episode can be found here.

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Episode 16d: When did we become Lesbians?

November 25, 2017

When did we become Lesbians?

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 16d

This episode discusses the history of words for women who loved women throughout recorded European history. What words were used? Where did they come from? What shades of meaning did they have? And how did those meanings change over time?

In this episode we talk about the following words

  • Greek: hetairistriai
  • Greek and Latin: tribas, tribades
  • Latin: lesbian
  • English: sapphist
  • Latin: fricatrix
  • Words related to “sodomite” and “bugger”
  • The tricky case of “hermaphrodite” and “virago”
  • Slang terms like rubster, lollepot, and tommy
  • Arabic: suhaqiyya, tharifa

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/)

Links to entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project that discuss these and related words can be found in the “Vocabulary Terms” section of this blog entry.

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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