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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Episode 16c: Book Appreciation with Farah Mendlesohn

November 18, 2017

Book Appreciation with Farah Mendlesohn

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Episode 16c

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 Farah Mendlesohn recommends some favorite queer historical novels:

More info

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

For further information on Farah Mendlesohn see https://farahmendlesohn.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

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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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