On the Shelf for October 2019

In this episode of On the Shelf for October 2019 Heather Rose Jones talks about new and upcoming historic lesfic.

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast – Episode 39a

In this episode we talk about:

  • My recording vacation this month and why you’re getting three reprises of poetry shows
  • Recent and upcoming publications covered on the blog
    • Amtower, Laurel and Dorothea Kehler, eds. 2003. The Single Woman in Medieval and Early Modern England: Her Life and Representation. Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Tempe. ISBN 0-06698-306-6
    • Laqueur, Thomas. 1990. Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud. Harvard University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0-674-54349-1
    • Rich, Adrienne. 1980. “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence,” Signs vol 5, no. 4, pp. 631-60 at 650.
  • New and forthcoming fiction
  • Call for submissions for the 2020 LHMP audio short story series. See here for details.
  • A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Links to the Lesbian Historic Motif Project Online


please note this transcript has not been edited and is automatically generated meaning certain words will be incorrect.

this is Heather Rose Jones with the lesbian historic motif podcast this weekly podcast looks at lesbian themes in history and literature and historic research into gender and sexuality we talk about current historical fiction with queer female characters including fantastic versions of the past and have interviews with authors who write those stories and in months when we have a fifth show we’re proud to present new original lesbian historical fiction for your enjoyment welcome to on the shelf for October 2019 when you have a weekly podcast the idea of taking a vacation becomes tricky my schedule for the next couple months is jam-packed in part because of an extended vacation in October and in part because of my book release in November hey did you know I have a new book coming out in November expect me to talk about flood-tide a whole bunch in November but for now I need a bit of a breather so in place of the usual author interview and essay I’m going to do a thematic group of reprised episodes on poetry for the rest of October I’ll be reassuring my shows on medieval love poetry between women poetry from the 16th and 17th centuries and a special Halloween show about Christina Rossetti’s the Goblin Market once I’ve had a chance to catch my breath I’ll be back to the regular format I have a number of show ideas that are specifically aimed at creating characters and descriptions for lesbian relevant historical fiction I also hope to do some really fun shows centered around an Lister and the TV series Gentleman Jack and as always think about the 20/20 fiction series submissions will be opening sooner than you know and you don’t want to start writing at the last minute in September the blog finished up the collection of articles from the single woman in medieval and early modern England her life and representation then we moved on to start a series of foundational theoretical texts on gender and sexuality starting with Thomas liquors making sex body and gender from the Greeks to Freud these works are dense enough that I’m going to need to back off on doing an entire book each week so Joan cabins meanings of sex difference in the Middle Ages is going to get spread out over a few weeks and then I’ll move on to Adrienne Rich’s compulsory heterosexuality and lesbian existence that should probably cover most of October and I haven’t planned the specific reading scheduled past those book shopping recently has been entirely oriented around picking up the books for the theory series that I didn’t already have so I’m sitting here looking at a stack of books that need to get logged into my card catalogue that include Judith Butler’s gender trouble and bodies that matter lockrey Adele’s constructing medieval sexuality Harbor stems female masculine castle’s the apparitional lesbian Garber’s vested interests and Dinshaw is getting medieval whoa that’s gonna keep me busy the lesbian talk show relies on support the support of you our listeners the support of those who like and review our show on their favorite podcast app the support of our patrons on patreon and the support of our sponsors we hope you’ll continue to enjoy and support the lesbian talk show this month new and forthcoming book listings are pretty slim either we’re hitting an FF historical slump or people are getting better than usual at hiding queer relevance in their cover copy in fact the first title is one that I almost left off the list because even though it turns up in my Amazon keyword search there’s no indication of anything other than cross-dressing in the cover copy if this does turn out to have FF content let me know so I can add a note in my database curious toys by Elizabeth hand from Mulholland books in the sweltering summer of 1915 pin the fourteen-year-old daughter of a carnival fortune-teller disguises herself as a boy and joins a teenage gang that roams the famous Riverview amusement park looking for trouble unbeknownst to the well-heeled city dwellers and visitors who come to enjoy the attractions the park is also host to a ruthless killer who uses the shadows of the dark carnival attractions to conduct his crimes when pin sees a man enter the Hell Gate ride with a young girl and emerge alone she knows that something horrific has occurred the crime will lead her to the iconic outsider artist Henry Darger a brilliant but seemingly Mad Men together the to navigate the seedy underbelly of a changing City to uncover a murderer few even know to look for we’re on more solid ground with the other two books this month House of bliss self-published by titi Thomas looks like it might be riffing off of Jack the Ripper motifs London 1905 when ladies of the night begin showing up dead in the dark and bawdy alleys of Covent Garden the victims are wearing house of bliss corsets made by Sabrina Blitzen now the police want to know how and why blistered the Bohemian but successful upmarket Corsetti air appears to be dressing the dead Sabrina does know a few working women from a time when she found comfort and solace with a couple of the occupants of a so-called tolerated house in London boarding houses by day brothels by night but she is not eager to recall her youthful lusty pursuits and dredge up memories of falling in love with Annabel North a working woman who mysteriously disappeared three years earlier all Sabrina wants us to focus on her work and enjoy her current romance substantial respites from old heartaches but the dead women wearing courthouse of bliss corsets and the ghosts of love forsaken torment Sabrina’s restless soul old questions surface and new ones challenge did Annabel disappear on purpose is she dead or alive is someone intentionally trying to bring Sabrina’s reputation or worse accuse her of murder Sabrina bliss tone is soon tempted into pursuing answers that could clear her name and save lives what she discovered she may not be ready to accept when the evidence reveals the line between obsession and true love is often invisible to the blind spot in one’s heart and we finish up this month’s very short list with flying aces by sherlyn Lee from wicked publishing a 1920s drama set in northern England and Germany within the valleys rivers and Hills of the Yorkshire Dales Tilly Foster has led an exceptional life alongside her father a pilot who performs acrobatic tricks in his biplane but as Tilly winter’s womanhood a tragedy changes what she once knew was a simplistic lifestyle over the next few years her love of planes and showmanship provide her with everything she needs and even the fairer sex are drawn to her in ways only two women alone could identify after a sorted kidnap attempt on violet Rose Burton daughter of wealthy socialites her parents arranged for her to marry a prosperous German and live in his homeland violet is naturally horrified at such a request and her protests go unheard by those who are supposed to love her but violets fate has been sealed and unbeknownst to the Burton family her future is set to take a turn they weren’t expecting she’s gone missing or so they fear this is where Tilly and violet shall be thrown together in a quest one that will have more than a rescue mission it and I know I must be missing some new releases it’s fairly common for me to run across a title that I learned about too late for the window to count it as a new book if you have or know of an upcoming book that would fit the nebulous category of lesbian relevant historical fiction make sure I know about it so I can include it in these listings what have I been reading lately that might be of interest to the podcast listeners I finished up Claire Adele’s the Hound of Justice a near futures thriller inspired by Sherlock Holmes but Rhian visioning Holmes and Watson is queer black women I haven’t started a new book with queer relevance I’m desperately trying to get caught up on my backlogged book reviews so in my gym reading time I’m reading some fun nonfiction that’s not at all related to the lesbian historic motif project especially Gretchen McCullough’s because Internet understanding the new rules of language the next couple months on the podcast and blog are going to be a bit chaotic but hang on tight and enjoy the ride [Music] I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of the lesbian historic motif podcast if you want to follow up on anything we’ve covered see the show notes for links and to contact me with questions book announcements or topic suggestions if you enjoyed this podcast please read it and subscribe on itunes stitcher or pod bean and consider supporting our patreon and if you’re on facebook check out the lesbian talk show chat group