Book Announcement: Kamp Melbourne in the 1920s and ’30s: Trade, Queans and Inverts

Kamp Melbourne in the 1920s and ’30s: Trade, Queans and Inverts now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443879040
Hardback, pp240, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Kamp Melbourne in the 1920s and ’30s: Trade, Queans and Inverts by Wayne Murdoch.

Melbourne in the 1920s and ’30s had a reputation as a staid and provincial city, a respectable, Sabbath-observing town, a metropolis of quiet suburban lives. There were, however, those who did not conform to society’s rules; among them homosexual men. The members of this hidden and persecuted group formed a subculture of friendship groups, meeting places, secret signs and words which allowed them to live their lives against a backdrop of legal, social, and moral restrictions. This book is an investigation of this subculture and those men who lived within it. Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Reflections on Female and Trans* Masculinities and Other Queer Crossings

Reflections on Female and Trans* Masculinities and Other Queer Crossings now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443882859
Hardback, pp265, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Reflections on Female and Trans* Masculinities and Other Queer Crossings, edited by Nina Kane and Jude Woods.

This collection of essays emerged out of the Agender conference, and various queer cultural activities associated with the PoMoGaze project (Leeds Art Gallery, 2013–2015). PoMoGaze was a term created to promote queer co-curatorial projects held at the gallery as part of Community Engagement activities, and references ‘PoMo’ as a shortening of ‘Postmodern’ combined with ‘Gaze’ as a play on words linking the act of looking with LGBT*IQ activities. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Homosexuality in Italian Literature, Society, and Culture, 1789-1919

Homosexuality in Italian Literature, Society, and Culture, 1789-1919 now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443872881
Hardback, pp285, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Homosexuality in Italian Literature, Society, and Culture, 1789-1919, edited by Lorenzo Benadusi, Paolo L. Bernardini, Elisa Bianco and Paola Guazzo.

Homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestitism, and trans-genders represented new ideas, customs, and mentalities which shattered nineteenth-century Italy. At this time, Italy was a state in the making, with a growing population, a fading aristocracy, and new urban classes entering the scene. While still an extremely Catholic country, atheism and secularization slowly undermined the old, traditional morality, with literature and poetry endorsing innovative fashions coming from abroad. Laxity mixed with perversion, while new forms of sexuality mirrored the immense changes taking place in a society that, since time immemorial, was dominated by the Church and by a rigid class system. This was a revolution, parallel to the political movements that brought about the Unification of Italy in 1861, and was tormented, intense, and occasionally tragic. This collection of essays offers a rather comprehensive overview of this phenomenon. Personalities and places, ideas and novels, poetry and tragedy, law and customs, are the subject of ten essays, written by leading international experts in Italian history, the history of sexuality, literature and poetry. The Italian nineteenth century is a time of a number of rapid changes, visible and invisible revolutions, often given less attention than the unification process. This book makes a substantial contribution to Italian studies and modern European history.
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Conference Announcement: Sexing the Past: ‘What is and how to do LGBT history’, 3-5 March 2017

2017 marks 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 and this is the theme for the upcoming conference, which will take place on Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th March 2017 at The Bluecoat, Liverpool.

To register for the conference, click here. For more information about the conference please contact academics@schools-out.org.uk. Continue reading