According to Terry Castle, lesbian lives have been “ghosted – or made to seem invisible” throughout history. The considerable gaps in the historical record in relation to women’s lives in general and female same-sex desire in particular have proved a significant barrier in attempting to represent the previously unknown history of lesbian lives. Historical fiction provides an alternative means of narrating a lesbian past. Drawing on my own work researching 1920s lesbian lives, I will discuss the boundaries and tensions between historical fact and historical fiction and the challenges, freedoms and ethics inherent in narrating across gaps and silences. I will also read from my novel in progress, As a Lover, a fictionalised account of the publication and subsequent banning of Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness.
|Publication status||Published - 27 Jul 2018|
|Event||90 years since The Well of Loneliness: A Radclyffe Hall Symposium - Birkbeck, University of London, London, United Kingdom|
Duration: 27 Jul 2018 → …
|Conference||90 years since The Well of Loneliness|
|Period||27/07/2018 → …|
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Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of PhilosophyFile