LGBT History Month 2019 – Reading List

LGBT History Month for 2019 comes to a close today. Around the school this month we have posted seven posters to celebrate the occasion and hopefully you had a chance to see them reproduced here online: Same-sex relations in the Vienna Bible moralisée, James VI & I – King of Scotland, England and Ireland, Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, ‘Taste in High Life’, William Hogarth, 1746, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, The Well of Loneliness (1928) by Radclyffe Hall, and The Indian Penal Code (Section 377).

This month we asked our staff members in the School of History to share their top recommendations for reading about LGBT history and the history of sexuality. Altogether we assembled a reading list of over a hundred books and articles covering the wide geographic and chronological range of our historians. You may download our reading list as as PDF or read below the fold to see the list directly online here.

Aldrich, Robert. Colonialism and Homosexuality. (Routledge, 2008).

Arondekar, Anjali. For the record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India (Durham: Duke University Press).

Ayalon, D. ‘The Eunuchs in the Mamluk Sultanate’, Studies in Memory of Gaston Wiet (Jerusalem, 1977), pp. 267-95.

Ayalon, David, ‘On the Eunuchs in Islam’, Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 1, (1979), pp. 67-124.

Ballhatchet, Kenneth, Race, Sex and Class Under the Raj (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1980).

Barker, Nancy Nichols. Brother to the Sun King: Philippe, Duke of Orleans (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989).

Beachy, Robert. Gay Berlin: birthplace of a modern identity (New York: Knopf, 2015).

Benadusi, Lorenzo. The Enemy of the New Man: Homosexuality in Fascist Italy (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012).

Bentham, Jeremy. Of Sexual Irregularities, and Other Writings on Sexual Morality (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Blackwood, Evelyn. Falling into the Lesbi World (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2010).

Blank, Hanne. Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. Beacon Press, 2012.

Bleys, Rudi C. The Geography of Perversion: Male-To-Male Sexual Behavior Outside the West and the Ethnographic Imagination, 1750-1918. (New York: NYU Press, 1996).

Boellstorff, Tom. The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia (Princeton University Press, 2005).

Brown, Judith. Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986).

Burger, Glenn & Stephen F Kruger eds., Queering the Middle Ages (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001) .

Burton-Rose, Daniel, ‘Gendered Androgyny: Transcendent Ideals and Profane Realities in Buddhism, Classicism, and Daoism’ in Howard Chiang. Transgender China (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012).

Bynum, Caroline. Walker Jesus as Mother: Studies in the Spirituality of the High Middle Ages (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1982).

Chatterjee, Partha, The Nation and its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1993)

Chiang, Howard, “How China Became a “Castrated Civilization” and Eunuchs a ‘Third Sex’” in Howard Chiang. Transgender China (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012). 

Clark, Anna. Alternative Histories of the Self. A Cultural History of Sexuality and Secrets, 1780-1917 (Continuum, 2017).

Cleminson, Richard and Francisco Vázquez García, ‘Los Invisibles’ A History of Male Homosexuality in Spain, 1850-1940 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2007).

Cohler, Deborah. Citizen, Invert, Queer: lesbianism and war in early twentieth-century Britain (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010).

D’Emilio, John & Estelle B. Freedman. Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America (New York: Harper and Row, 1988).

Dickinson, Edward R. ‘Complexity, Contingency, and Coherence in the History of Sexuality in Modern Germany: Some Theoretical and Interpretive Reflections.’ Central European History 49 (2016), 93–116.

Dickinson, Edward R. and Richard F. Wetzell. ‘The Historiography of Sexuality in Modern Germany.’ German History 23, no. 3 (July 1, 2005): 291–305.

Dickinson, Edward R. Sex, Freedom, and Power in Imperial Germany(New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Doan, Laura. Disturbing Practices: history, sexuality and women’s experiences of modern war (Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 2013)

______. Fashioning Sapphism. The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Culture (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001).

Ebner, Michael. “The Persecution of Homosexual Men under Fascism 1926-1943,” in Perry Willson ed., Gender, Family, and Sexuality: The Private Sphere in Italy 1860-1945 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

El-Rouayheb, Khaled. Before Homosexuality in the Arab-Islamic World, 1500-1800(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005).

Faderman, Lillian. Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women From the Renaissance to the Present (London: Junction Books, 1981).

Faure, Bernard. The Red Thread: Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.

Fenemore, Mark. ‘The Recent Historiography of Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Germany.’ The Historical Journal 52, no. 3 (September 1, 2009): 763–779.

Ferguson, Gary. Same-Sex Marriage in Renaissance Rome: Sexuality, Identity, and Community in Early Modern Europe (New York: Cornell University Press, 2016).

Foster, Thomas. Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America (Boston: Beacon, 2006).

Foucault, Michel. History of Sexuality 4 vols. (1976-2018).

Fout, John C. ed. Forbidden History: The State, Society and the Regulation of Sexuality in Modern Europe (Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1990).

Fout, John. ‘Sexual Politics in Wilhelmine Germany: The Male Gender Crisis, Moral Purity, and Homophobia‘, Journal of the History of Sexuality, 2 (1992), pp. 388-421.

Galeano, Javier Fernández. ‘Is He a ‘Social Danger; ? The Franco Regime’s Judicial Prosecution of Homosexuality in Málaga under the Ley de Vagos y Maleantes‘ in Journal of the History of Sexuality 25 (2016), 1-31

Garcia, J. Neil C. Philippine Gay Culture: Binabae to Bakla, Silahis to MSM (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009).

Gay, Peter. The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud, 3 Vols. (New York; London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1984).

Gerard, Kent & Gert Hekma. The Pursuit of Sodomy: Male Homosexuality in Renaissance and Enlightenment Europe (New York: The Haworth Press, 1989).

Godbeer, Richard. Sexual Revolution in Early America (Baltimore & London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001)

Goldberg, Jonathan. Sodometries: Renaissance Texts, Modern Sexualities (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1992) .

Greene, Jody, ‘Public Secrets: Sodomy and the Pillory in the Eighteenth Century and Beyond’ The Eighteenth Century, vol. 44, 2003, 203-32.

Greer, Germaine. The Female Eunuch (New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008).

Hall, Lesley. ‘”Sentimental follies” or ‘Instruments of Tremendous Uplift’? Reconsidering women’s same-sex relationships in interwar Britain’ in Women’s History Review vol. 25.1, 2016.

Harvey, Karen, The Century of Sex? Gender, Bodies and Sexuality in the Long Eighteenth Century‘ Historical Journal, vol. 45.4, 899-917.

______, ed. The Kiss in History (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005).

______. Reading Sex in the Eighteenth Century: Bodies and Gender in English Erotic Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Hathaway, Jane. The Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Harem: From African Slave to Power-broker (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Herzog, Dagmar. Sexuality and German Fascism (New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2005).

Hitchcock, Tim. ‘Redefining Sex in Eighteenth-Century England’ History Workshop Journal, vol. 41, 1996, 72-90.

Irwin, Robert, ‘ʿAlī al-Baghdādī and the Joy of Mamluk Sex’, in Hugh Kennedy (ed.), The Historiography of Islamic Egypt (c. 950-1800) (Leiden: Brill, 2001), pp. 45-57.

Jennings, Rebecca. A Lesbian History of Britain: Love and Sex Between Women since 1600 (Oxford: Greenwood World Publishing, 2007).

Jordan, Mark. The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997).

Kang, Wenqing. Obsession: Male Same-Sex Relations in China, 1900-1950 (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009).

Kapur, Ratna and Tayyab Mahmud, ‘Hegemony, Coercion, and their Teeth-Gritting Harmony: A Commentary on Power, Culture, and Sexuality in Franco’s Spain‘ in University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 33 (2000), 411-442.

Katz, Jonathan Ned. The Invention of Heterosexuality (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014).

Laqueur, Thomas Walter. Making Sex : Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1990).

Leck, Ralph M. Vita Sexualis: Karl Ulrichs and the Origins of Sexual Science (Urbana, Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2016).

Lever, Maurice. Les bûchers de Sodome (Paris: Fayard, 1985).

Lochrie, Karma. Heterosyncrasies: Female Sexuality When Normal Wasn’t (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005) .

Loos, Tamara. ‘Transnational Histories of Sexualities in AsiaThe American Historical Review 114, no. 5 (2009): 1309–24.

Lurgo, Elisabetta. Philippe d’Orléans, Frère de Louis XIV (Paris: Perrin, 2018).

Malti-Douglas, Fedwa, ‘Homosociality, Heterosexuality, and Shahrazâd’, in Ulrich Marzolph and Richard van Leeuwen (eds), The Arabian Nights Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, 2004), pp. 38-42.

Mann, Susan L, ‘Same-sex Relationships and Transgendered Performance’ in Susan L. Mann Gender and Sexuality in Modern Chinese History (Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 137-153.

Marmon, Shaun E. Eunuchs and Sacred Boundaries in Islamic Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995).

Masterson, Mark. Man to Man: Desire, Homosociality and Authority in Late-Roman Manhood (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2014).

McClintock, Anne, Imperial Leather. Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Context (London; New York: Routledge, 1995). [Chapter 3]

Menon, Nivedita, Sexualities (New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2007).

Mills, Robert. Seeing Sodomy in the Middle Ages (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015) .

Moore, Lucy. Amphibious thing: The life of Lord Hervey (New York, NY: Viking, 2000).

Mosse, George L. ‘Nationalism and Respectability: Normal and Abnormal Sexuality in the Nineteenth Century,’ Journal of Modern History, 17 (1982).

Murray, Dian, ‘The Practice of Homosexuality among the Pirates of Late 18th and Early 19th Century ChinaInternational Journal of Maritime History 4, no. 1 (June 1, 1992): 121–30.

Murray, Jacqueline and Nicholas Terpstra eds. Sex, Gender and Sexuality in Renaissance Italy. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).

Murray, Stephen O., ‘Male Homosexuality, Inheritance Rules, and the Status of Women in Medieval Egypt: The Case of the Mamlūks’, in Stephen O. Murray and Will Roscoe (eds), Islamic Homosexualities: Culture, History, and Literature (New York, 1997), pp. 161-73.

Musallam, Basim F. Sex and Society in Islam: Birth Control before the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983).

Najmabadi, Afsaneh. ‘Gendered Transformations: Beauty, Love, and Sexuality in Qajar IranIranian Studies 34, no. 1/4 (2001): 89–102.

______. ‘Mapping Transformations of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Modern IranSocial Analysis: The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice 49, no. 2 (2005): 54–77.

______. Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014).

______. Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005).

Oram, Alison. Her Husband Was A Woman! Women gender-crossing in modern British popular culture(London: Routledge, 2007).

Peletz, Michael G. ‘Gender, Sexuality, and the State in Southeast AsiaThe Journal of Asian Studies 71, no. 4 (2012): 895–917.

______. Gender Pluralism: Southeast Asia Since Early Modern Times (Routledge, 2009).

Pérez-Sánchez, Gema. ‘Franco’s Spain, Queer Nation?‘ in University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 33 (2000), 359-404.

Pflugfelder, Gregory M. Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007).

Plant, Richard. The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1988).

Puff, Helmet. ‘Female Sodomy: The Trial of Katherina Hetzeldorfer (1477),’ in Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Volume 30, Number 1 (2000), pp. 41-61. 

Rauser, Amelia. ‘Hair, Authenticity and the Self-Made Macaroni’ Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 38, 2004, 101-17.

Rictor Norton. Mother Clap’s Molly House: the Gay Subculture in England, 1700-1830 (GMP, 1992 / Tempus Publishing, 2006) – but see also Randolph Trumbach’s:

Robertson, Jennifer. Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998).

Rocke, Michael. Forbidden Friendships: Homosexuality and Male Culture in Renaissance Florence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996).

Roelens, Jonas, ‘Visible Women Female Sodomy in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Southern Netherlands (1400-1550)’ in BMGN-The Low Countries Historical Review 130(3) (2015) p.3-24.

Rowson, Everett K., ‘Homoerotic Liaisons among the Mamluk Elite in Late Medieval Egypt and Syria ’, in Kathryn Babayan and Afsaneh Najmabadi (eds), Islamicate Sexualities: Translations Across Temporal Geographies of Desire (Cambridge, Mass., 2008), pp. 158-91.

Safi, Omid, ed. Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender and Pluralism (London : Oneworld, 2003).

Sang, Tze-Lan D. The Emerging Lesbian: Female Same-Sex Desire in Modern China (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003).

Saslow, James. Pictures and Passions. A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts (New York: Viking, 1999).

Schofield, Philip, ‘Jeremy Bentham on Taste, Sex, and Religion’, in X. Zhai and M. Quinn (eds), Bentham’s Theory of Law and Public Opinion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 90-118.

Schultz, James A. ‘Heterosexuality as a Threat to Medieval Studies‘ in Journal of the History of Sexuality vol. 15, 2006, 14-29 .

Sinha, Mrinalini, Colonial Masculinity: The ‘Manly Englishman’ and the ‘Effeminate Bengali’ in the Late Nineteenth Century (Manchester: Manchester University, 1995).

Smythe, Dion C., ‘In denial: same-sex desire in Byzantium’ in Liz James. Desire and Denial in Byzantium (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1997).

Spector, Scott, Helmut Puff, and Dagmar Herzog. After the History of Sexuality : German Genealogies with and Beyond Foucault. (New York: Berghahn Books, 2012).

Stoler, Laura Ann. Race and the Education of desire: Foucault’s History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things (Durham and London: Duke University Press 1995).

Szonyi, Michael. ‘The Cult of Hu Tianbao and the Eighteenth-Century Discourse of Homosexuality‘. Late Imperial China 19, no. 1 (June 1, 1998): 1–25. 

Tougher, Shaun. The Eunuch In Byzantine History and Society (London: Routledge, 2008).

Trumbach, Randolph. Sex and the Gender Revolution, vol. 1: Heterosexuality and the Third Gender in Enlightenment London (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998).

Vanita, Ruth (ed.), Queering India. Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society (Abingdon, Oxon; Routledge, 2002).

Vanita, Ruth and Saleem Kidwai. Same Sex Love in India: Readings from Literature and History (New Delhi: Macmillan, 2000).

Velasco, Sherry. Lesbians in Early Modern Spain. (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2011).

Vicinus, Martha. Intimate Friends: Women who Loved Women (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2004).

Volpp, Sophie. ‘Classifying Lust: The Seventeenth-Century Vogue for Male Love‘ Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 61, no. 1 (2001): 77–117. 

Wahrman, Dror. The Making of the Modern Self: Identity and Culture in Eighteenth-Century England (New Haven, Conn.; London: Yale University Press, 2006).

Whitbread, Helena, ed. I Know my Own Heart: The Diaries of Anne Lister 1791-1840. (New York: New York University Press, 1992).

Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E. Gender in History. Global Perspectives. 2nd edn, (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).

Wu, Cuncun. Homoerotic Sensibilities in Late Imperial China (London: Routledge, 2004).

Zeʼevi, Dror. Producing desire: Changing sexual discourse in the Ottoman Middle East, 1500-1900 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006).

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