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Sex, Time and Place

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List of Illustrations Acknowledgements List of Contributors Section 1: Framing Queer London 1. Structuring and Interpreting Queer Spaces of London Simon Avery (University of Westminster, UK) 2. Queer Temporalities, Queer Londons Katherine M. Graham (University of Westminster, UK) 3. Mapping This Volume Simon Avery (University of Westminster, UK) and Katherine M. Graham (University of Westminster, UK) Section 2: Exploring Queer London 4. London, AIDS and the 1980s Matt Cook (Birkbeck, University of London, UK) 5. Bigot Geography: Queering Geopolitics in Brixton Emma Spruce (London School of Economics, UK) 6. Representations of Queer London in the Fiction of Sarah Waters Paulina Palmer (Warwick University, UK) 7. Are Drag Kings Still Too Queer for London? From the Nineteenth-Century Impersonator to the Drag King of Today Kayte Stokoe (Warwick University, UK) 8. Claude McKay: Queering Spaces of Black Radicalism in Interwar London Gemma Romain (University College London, UK) and Caroline Bressey (University College London, UK) 9. The British Society of the Study of Sex Psychology: `Advocating the Cultural of Unnatural and Criminal Practices'? Leslie A. Hall (University College London, UK) 10. Cannibal London: Racial Discourses, Pornography and Male-Male Desire in Late-Victorian Britain Silvia Antosa (University of Enna "Kore", Italy) 11. `Famous for the paint she put on her face': London's Painted Poofs and the Self-Fashioning of Francis Bacon Dominic Janes (Keele University, UK) 12. Mingling with the Ungodly: Simeon Solomon in Queer Victorian London Carolyn Conroy (Indepent Scholar, UK) 13. Alan Hollinghurst's Fictional Ways of Queering London Bart Eeckhout (University of Antwerp, Belgium) 14. Sink Street: The Sapphic World of Pre-Chinatown Soho Anne Witchard (University of Westminster, UK) 15. Chasing Community: From Old Compton Street to the Online World of Grindr Marco Venturi (University College London, UK) 16. Being `There': Contemporary London, Facebook and Queer Historical Feeling Sam McBean (Queen Mary University of London, UK) Bibliography Index

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A multi-disciplinary collection of essays offering a radical rethinking of the diversity of London's queer spaces, histories and communities from c.1850 to the present.

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Simon Avery is Reader in Modern Literature and Culture and Co-director of the Queer London Research Forum at the University of Westminster, UK. Katherine M. Graham is Visiting Lecturer and Co-director of the Queer London Research Forum at the University of Westminster, UK.


One of the strengths of this book is that it opens up fresh and inclusive ways of regarding every city and every village. * Morning Star * [The contributions] open doors on to a half-forgotten and obscured aspect of human history. It is the stories and voices of individual men and women from different geographies and chronologies that lift the narratives and highlight the challenges, dangers and joys of gay lives in the not-so-very distant past. * History Today * Sex, Time and Place marks a truly significant addition to the growing body of literature on London's queer past and present. Drag histories, AIDS, sexual geographies, visual studies, literary history, sexology - an impressive and engaging range of material is brought together by the editors, providing a number of ways into thinking about queer London since the 19th century. Some figures we know already but think about in fresh ways, while other less known figures from the past are given their due. Written in compelling prose, this is a volume to which I'll return often and which I'll recommend frequently. * Mark W. Turner, King's College London, UK * The unwieldy, cosmopolitan queerness that is London seeps out of the pages of this vibrant collection of essays at every turn. Avery and Graham have assembled a diverse team of scholars who have mapped various practices of queer London over the past century and a half with both skill and passion. From the London haunts of queer artists in the nineteenth century to the fictional mappings of queer London in the twentieth, from the past spaces of queer self-fashioning to the virtual queer communities of present-day London, the essays in this volume highlight the latest interdisciplinary approaches to the study of urban queer life. Showcasing new ways of seeing and imagining the queer metropolis, Sex, Time and Place is a must. * Chris Waters, Williams College, USA * This is an absolutely splendid collection of essays that explores the history of queer London in all its class, ethnic and gender diversity. Spanning a range of disciplines, this book represents the best of queer scholarship and is studded with some wonderful gems of untold stories. Its groundedness in London's queer past provides a solid framework, too, for understanding our contemporary communities and our current trajectories. * Alison Oram, Leeds Beckett University, UK *

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