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So You’re Writing a Sapphic Historical Romance: Questions to Consider - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 190

So You’re Writing a Sapphic Historical Romance: Questions to Consider - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 190

December 26, 2020

So You’re Writing a Sapphic Historical Romance: Questions to Consider

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 190 with Heather Rose Jones

In this episode we talk about the questions to ask about sapphic relationships and how they are perceived in your story’s setting:

  • How easy is it to live outside of the heterosexual marriage paradigm?
  • What are the economic, legal, and religious constraints on your characters?
  • What is the ordinary “background noise” of non-sexual displays of affection?
  • How does the culture of the setting understand privacy and how does that affect your characters’ behavior?
  • What are the realities and perceptions around sex between women in this setting?
  • How does the culture of the setting understand gender and sexuality?
  • How are female couples depicted in popular culture of the time?

A transcript of this podcast may be available here. (Transcripts added when available.)

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Book Appreciation with Diana Pinguicha - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 189

Book Appreciation with Diana Pinguicha - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 189

December 19, 2020

Book Appreciation with Diana Pinguicha

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 189 with Heather Rose Jones

In the Book Appreciation segments, our featured authors (or your host) will talk about one or more favorite books with queer female characters in a historic setting.

A transcript of this podcast may be available here. (Transcripts added when available.)

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Interview with Diana Pinguicha  - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 188

Interview with Diana Pinguicha - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 188

December 12, 2020

Interview with Diana Pinguicha

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 188 with Heather Rose Jones

A series of interviews with authors of historically-based fiction featuring queer women.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The myth of the “enchanted Moura”
  • Social, political, and sexual dynamics around the Reconquista
  • Medieval and modern resonances around eating disorders and self-harm
  • Dipping into Portuguese history for fictional inspiration
  • Books mentioned

A transcript of this podcast may be available here. (Transcripts added when available.)

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On the Shelf for December 2020 - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 187

On the Shelf for December 2020 - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 187

December 5, 2020

On the Shelf for December 2020

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 187 with Heather Rose Jones

Your monthly roundup of history, news, and the field of sapphic historical fiction.

In this episode we talk about:

A transcript of this podcast may be available here. (Transcripts added when available.)

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Poetry about Love between Women from the 18th Century - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 186

Poetry about Love between Women from the 18th Century - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 186

November 28, 2020

Poetry about Love between Women from the 18th Century

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 186 with Heather Rose Jones

A tour through various poems of the 18th century that touch of different aspects of love between women.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Anne Finch “Friendship between Ephelia and Ardelia” (1713)
  • Mary Chudleigh “To Lerinda” (1703)
  • Elizabeth Thomas “To Clemena” (1722)
  • John Hoadly “On the Friendship of Two Young Ladies” (1730)
  • Anonymous “Cloe to Artimesa” (1720)
  • Susanna Highmore Duncombe “To Aspasia” (1751)
  • Pauline de Simiane “Madrigal” (1715, French)
  • Pauline de Simiane “Letter to Madame la Marquise de S--, On Sending Her Tobacco” (1715, French)
  • Mary Matilda Betham “A Valentine” (1797)
  • Anna Seward “Elegy Written at the Sea-Side, and Addressed to Miss Honora Sneyd” ( c. 1780)
  • Anna Seward “To Honora Sneyd” (1773)
  • Faustina Bordoni (nominally) “An Epistle from Signora F—to a Lady” (1727)
  • Anonymous “The Adulteress” (1773)
  • William King “The Toast” (1732)
  • Anonymous “The Sappho-an” (1735)
  • Anonymous “Monsieur Thing’s Origin” (1722)
  • Sarah Ponsonby “Song” (1789)
  • Specific sources for the poems are given in the transcript. Books that have been particularly useful are:

A transcript of this podcast may be available here. (Transcripts added when available.)

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Book Appreciation - Sapphic Historic Fantasy in Asian Settings  - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 185

Book Appreciation - Sapphic Historic Fantasy in Asian Settings - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 185

November 21, 2020

Book Appreciation - Sapphic Historic Fantasy in Asian Settings

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 185 with Heather Rose Jones

A tour through some sapphic historic fantasy in various Asian cultures by authors with roots in those cultures.

Books mentioned

A transcript of this podcast may be available here. (Transcripts added when available.)

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Interview with Jane Walsh - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 184

Interview with Jane Walsh - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 184

November 14, 2020

Interview with Jane Walsh

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 184 with Heather Rose Jones

A series of interviews with authors of historically-based fiction featuring queer women.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Writing the sexually-experienced romance heroine
  • The novels that made Jane fall in love with historic romance
  • Salon culture as a place to meet women
  • The complications of showing a HEA in f/f romance without marriage
  • Historical romance as a “common conversation” among authors
  • Jane’s optimistic hopes for the future of f/f historical romance
  • Plans for a connected series of sequels
  • Books mentioned

A transcript of this podcast may be available here. (Transcripts added when available.)

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On the Shelf for November 2020 - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 183

On the Shelf for November 2020 - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 183

November 7, 2020

On the Shelf for November 2020

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 183 with Heather Rose Jones

Your monthly roundup of history, news, and the field of sapphic historical fiction.

In this episode we talk about:

A transcript of this podcast may be available here. (Transcripts added when available.)

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Give Us This Day by Jennifer Nestojko - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 182

Give Us This Day by Jennifer Nestojko - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 182

October 31, 2020

Give Us This Day by Jennifer Nestojko

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 182 with Heather Rose Jones

The fourth story in our 2020 fiction series

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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The Anandrine Sect - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 181

The Anandrine Sect - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 181

October 24, 2020

The Anandrine Sect

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 181 with Heather Rose Jones

A look at the motif of the 18th century French “Anandrine Sect” purported to be a lesbian sex club.

In this episode we talk about:

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

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