British queer history

New approaches and perspectives

Edited by Brian Lewis

British queer history


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8895-7
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: November 2013
  • BIC Category: Gay & Lesbian Studies, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Modern History, History, Social & cultural history, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, HISTORY / Social History, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies


This collection of essays takes stock of the 'new British queer history'. It is intended both for scholars and students of British social and cultural history and of the history of sexuality, and for a broader readership interested in queer issues. In offering a snapshot of the field, this volume demonstrates the richness and promise of one of the most vibrant areas of modern British history and the complexity and breadth of discussion, debate and approach. It showcases challenging think-pieces from leading luminaries alongside some of the most original and exciting research by established and emerging young scholars. The book provides a plethora of fresh perspectives and a wealth of new information, suggests enticing avenues for research and - in bringing the whole question of sexual identity to the forefront of debate - challenges us to rethink queer history's parameters.


'The historians are coming and they're bringing the New Queer History. The essays collected in British queer history present original perspectives and fascinating new data on the social, sexual and gendered past. Recommended!'
Jonathan Ned Katz, author of The Invention of Heterosexuality and founder of


Introduction: British queer history - Brian Lewis
1. Politics and the reporting of sex between men in the 1820s - Charles Upchurch
2. Naturalism, labour and homoerotic desire: Henry Scott Tuke - Jongwoo Jeremy Kim
3. Bricks and Flowers: Unconventionality and queerness in Katherine Everett's life writing - Mo Moulton
4. 'A peculiarly obscure subject': The missing 'case' of the heterosexual - Laura Doan
5. 'These young men who come down from Oxford and write gossip': Society gossip, homosexuality and the logic of revelation in the interwar popular press - Ryan Linkof
6. Thinking queer: The social and the sexual in interwar Britain - Matt Houlbrook
7. 'I conformed; I got married. It seemed like a good idea at the time': Domesticity in post-war lesbian oral history - Amy Tooth Murphy
8. Mr Grey goes to Washington: The homophile internationalism of Britain's Homosexual Law Reform Society - David Minto
9. The homosexual as a social being in Britain, 1945-68 - Chris Waters
10. Films and filming: the making of a queer marketplace in pre-decriminalisation Britain - Justin Bengry
11. The cultural politics of gay pornography in 1970s Britain - Paul R. Deslandes


Brian Lewis is Professor of History at McGill University, Montreal

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