The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast – Episode 28d with Heather Rose Jones
A short biography of 18th century sculptor Anne Damer and her rumored lesbian relationships.
In this episode we talk about
- The novel that inspired this episode: Life Mask by Emma Donoghue
- An overview of Damer’s life and career
- Her close friendships with actress Elizabeth Farren and writer Mary Berry
- The complicated landscape of women’s same-sex relations in the 18th century
- Why Damer may have been unusually vulnerable to accusations of lesbian relations
- This topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project here: Anne Damer
- Some specific sources that discuss Anne Damer’s sexuality:
- Donoghue, Emma. 2010. “’Random Shafts of Malice?’: The Outings of Anne Damer” in Lesbian Dames: Sapphism in the Long Eighteenth Century. Beynon, John C. & Caroline Gonda eds. Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 978-0-7546-7335-4
- Rictor Norton (Ed.), “Mrs Piozzi’s Reminiscences, 1770s-1790s”, Homosexuality in Eighteenth-Century England: A Sourcebook, 20 April 2003.
- Rictor Norton (Ed.), “A Sapphick Epistle, 1778”, Homosexuality in Eighteenth-Century England: A Sourcebook. 1 December 1999, updated 23 February 2003.
- A transcript of this podcast is available here.
Links to the Lesbian Historic Motif Project Online
Links to Heather Online
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