Lesbians as 'Tourist Attractions': The Enlightenment & Female Sexuality

Lesbians as 'Tourist Attractions': The Enlightenment & Female Sexuality
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Join Professor Bill Naphy as he takes us on a journey through the history of female sexuality during the Enlightenment. 

Despite the well-known story that lesbianism was not illegal in Britain because Queen Victoria couldn’t even contemplate it, the truth is that lesbianism was never even considered a crime or criminalised.  Indeed, in some ways lesbianism wasn’t just tolerated but was considered, when viewed as ‘romantic friendships’, with tolerance, amusement, and at times, favour.  This talk will consider the period of the Enlightenment and the ‘space’ given for female relationships by examining three particular cases: The Ladies of Llangollen, Anne Lister, and the headmistresses of a ‘School for Ladies’ in Edinburgh, to examine the boundaries within which women could maintain close, even intimate relationships with other women and where those boundaries ended.

Please register below for this event. We will issue an email in advance of the talk with a link to join the session.

Please note that this session will be recorded and shared online.

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Professor Bill Naphy
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