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Queer Questions about Jamestown

Richard William Cornish presents a queer (awkward and otherwise) episode among several heroic tales of perseverance, valor, ambition,  and tenacity associated to the Jamestown Colony. Richard William Cornish, master of the ship Ambrose was executed in 1624 for the ‘ crime’ of having abused his position of power to lure William Cowse into bed. It is a bawdy incident […]

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On Liberty and Offense: 1970s Radical Homosexual Groups in Spain

Notions of liberty and ‘liberation’ are topical once again in the wake of tragic events in Paris. At the core of the debate is the particular notion of  liberty of expression and the difficulties of defining and protecting ‘liberty’. As in the past, ‘liberation’ is currently being brought into tension with fundamentalist religion. And it is in […]

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A Queer Take on Christmas: Exploring the Possibilities of Incarnational Theology in Transatlantic Religious Debates on Human Sexuality

Transatlantic Crossings and Religion Religious belief and liturgical practice have been productive as they has traveled across the Atlantic. Belief and practice  structure socioeconomic patterns of inclusion and exclusion, networks of political power, and the boundaries of cultural normativity. They also infuse daily practice and moderate the temperament and rhythm of lives in the communities […]

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Oscar Wilde, Victorian moral geographies and Empire

Oscar Wilde challenged the moralism of Victorian England and is frequently cited as the leading victim of Victorian puritanism (Adut 2005). His evident and much publicized transgression of dominant views on gender  and sexuality culminated in his stigmatization and imprisonment.  However, it could be argued that while Wilde’s case exposed  processes that controlled bodies and morality […]

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The 1726 Raid of Mother Clap’s Molly House: Georgian London’s ‘Stonewall’ moment?

In Eighteenth Century London, a subculture of effeminate men became visible as many of them were prosecuted and their fates publicized in newspapers and caricatured in literary publications (Norton 2006). Their public humiliation through ‘sodomitical trials’ was widely consumed by an audience that spanned the Atlantic. Georgian London’s subcultures based on male same-sex eroticism became more […]

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