100 Years of Queer British Art, from Fin de Siècle Aesthetics to Performative Dandyism

[This story was published on May 12 on Hyperallergic. Read the original story at hyperallergic.com/378110/100-years-of-queer-british-art-from-fin-de-siecle-aesthetics-to-performative-dandyism.] Although Tate Britain’s survey is a strong attempt to represent queer experiences, certain gaps emerge in the narrative. Simeon Solomon, “Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene” (1864) (all images courtesy of Tate Photography) LONDON — Showcasing the diverse story […]

Peaches, pearls and pornography: The Handmaiden (Director’s Cut) review

I’ve long been a fan of Sarah Waters’ writing. Her works, often complex tales of romantic female relationships during the nineteenth century, whisk the reader through Victorian prisons, Whitstable oyster shops, Spiritualist parlours, a London baby farm, music halls, erotic libraries, and Socialist rallies. As a queer Victorianist, for me, Waters’ novels have a natural […]

The Living and the Dead: A Victorian Language of Flowers, ‘invisible’ lesbians and the New Woman

[This story was published on December 30 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/neo-victorian-review-the-living-and-the-dead-a-victorian-language-of-flowers-invisible-lesbians-and-the-new-woman] It is autumn, 1894. A woman with a red dress and black hair stumbles through the misty forests of Shepzoy in Somerset. Attacked suddenly by an unseen force before the daguerreotype-style opening credits of The Living and the […]