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There are many philosophical pitfalls in the desire to categorize historic individuals or concepts in western culture as "lesbian" as we moderns understand and use the term--I say this despite my own use of the word as a shorthand in this project. (A shorthand I have no intention in abandoning for a variety of reasons.) Many of those pitfalls revolve around historic shifts in the understanding of the nature of physiological sex, the relationship of sex to performative gender, and the relationship of both of those to erotic and romantic desire.

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 21b - Interview with Alyssa Cole - (transcript not available)

(Originally aired 2018/04/14 - listen here)

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

In this episode we talk about

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 21a - On the Shelf for April - Transcript

(Originally aired 2018/04/07 - listen here)

Welcome to On the Shelf for April 2018.

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20e - "One Night in Saint-Martin" by Catherine Lundoff - transcript

(Originally aired 2018/03/31 - listen here)

Welcome to the debut offering of the Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast original fiction series! I think you’re going to love the stories that we have lined up for you across the year.

I'm starting a series of four articles from a collection entitled Body Guards: The Cultural Politics of Gender Ambiguity. After this first article, the others group nicely to cover shifts in cultural understandings of gender and sexuality categories in western Europe in the 16th through 18th centuries. If it weren't for the blog's structure of covering the contents of a collection in series, I'd pair this current article with another one I have coming up on the sexual context of cross-dressing in the medieval Middle East.

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20c - Book Appreciation with Elizabeth Bear

(Originally aired 2018/03/17 - listen here)

In the Book Appreciation segments, our featured authors (or other guests) 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:

Any time I'm obsessed with a particular text, I'm likely to spend a fair amount of effort to hunt down as much of the scholarly literature on it as I can. (I don't think I can ever exhaust my interest in commentary on Yde and Olive!) For one thing, lesbian historical studies have something of a history of jumping to lesbian-friendly interpretations of texts or persons, and it can be essential to examine contrary opinions. Clearly I need to track down Susan Lamb's analysis to see what I think of her arguments on Mademoiselle de Richelieu.

Other than my fairly rigid schedule of LHMP posts and the Bingo series, my blog spreadsheet tells me I haven't posted much in the last couple of weeks. Sometimes all the overlapping deadlines and commitments conspire to knock out the time I'd normally spend brainstorming blogs.

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20d - Falling in Love with Cross-Dressing Girls - transcript

(Originally aired 2018/03/24 - listen here)

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 20a - On the Shelf for March 2018 - Transcript

(Originally aired 2018/03/03 - listen here)

Welcome to On the Shelf for March 2018.

It’s been a busy month here at the Lesbian Historic Motif Project and I’m really excited about the things we have coming up to share with you, not just this month but in the year to come.

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