I love reading and writing stories but, until my memoir, most have been about other people.
Ashley Currier’s “Politicizing Sex in Contemporary Africa: Homophobia in Malawi” illustrates how elites used politicized homophobia to consolidate their moral and political authority.
Hongwei Bao Queer China: Lesbian and Gay Literature and Visual Culture examines lesbian and gay cultural production — including literature, art, film and performance — in the People’s Republic of China (PRC or mainland China) during the post-Mao and postsocialist era (1976 to present) to map out the role of identity, […]
Sarah Levin-Richardson Pompeii’s brothel is the only verifiable brothel from Greco-Roman antiquity. The Brothel of Pompeii: Sex, Class and Gender at the Margins of Roman Society (Cambridge University Press, 2019) tells its story. Taking readers on a tour of all of the purpose-built structure’s evidence, including the rarely seen upper floor, […]
Catherine Fletcher The Beauty and the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance (Bodley Head, 2020) is a new history of a familiar era. Focusing on the years 1492-1571, it covers topics including developments in art and literature, the early years of European colonialism, the Italian Wars of 1494-1559, and the […]
New Zealand’s teenagers embraced romantic and sexual possibilities, and their lives tell of wider social attitudes to morality and respectability
How ideas of deviant female sexuality became foundational to modern social thought in colonial India.