Discovering LGBTQ+ Literature

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Explore 20th century LGBTQ+ Literature.

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Course dates: Tuesdays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June and 7 July 18.00 – 20.00

This 6-week course will explore some of the most influential works in LGBTQ+ literature in their historical context, reflecting on what life was like for LGBTQ+ individuals in the period they were produced and what these texts have to tell us about LGBTQ+ identities, politics and sexualities over the 20th century.

E.M.Forster’s classic novel, Maurice and Radclyffe Hall’s lesbian novel The Well of Loneliness will be discussed, as well as Jan Morris’ 1974 memoir, Conundrum and Damian Barr’s memoir of gay adolescence in 1980s and 90s North Lanarkshire, Maggie and Me. For the full reading list please see the course outline.

For much of the 20th century, social norms based on rigid gender roles and assumptions of heterosexuality made it difficult for people to discuss or express gender and sexual variance. Laws prohibiting male same-sex acts and economic and social structures which discriminated against unmarried women constrained the possibilities open to same-sex attracted individuals, while cultural notions of gender as a binary inhibited the opportunities for articulating a trans or fluid gender identity. During this course we will explore how during a relatively strict climate of censorship, literature offered an important medium through which LGBTQ+ authors could give voice to their experiences, and an invaluable source of information for isolated LGBTQ+ individuals in a pre-internet age.


Name: Discovering LGBTQ+ Literature
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £295.00
Student: £250.00
Registered Unemployed: £250.00
Disabled: £250.00
Senior (60+): £265.00
Young Person (18-25): £250.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546