Join us for the History Faculty's annual LGBT History month event. A keynote lecture by Dr Jill Liddington on 'Writing Anne Lister' will be preceded by a series of talks about on-going research relating to LGBT history in the History Faculty. Full details to follow. All welcome!
Programme: History Faculty Lecture Theatre 2-5:30pm
2-3:30pm New research in LGBT history talks:
Emma Hinnells (Oxford), '(In)visible Lesbian: The creation of spaces for lesbians in the gay rights movement in the UK 1970-1989'
Sonia Cuesta Maniar (Oxford), '“Imprisonment will rip apart the little life left in me”: The Persecution and Punishment of Sexual and Social Minorities in Developmentalist Francoism and Post-Dictatorship Spain'
Zoe Nunn (Oxford), 'Gender non-conformity in Weimar and Nazi Germany'
4-5:30pm Keynote lecture: Jill Liddington (Leeds) 'Writing Anne Lister'
Summary of Jill Liddington's keynote lecture on 'Writing Anne Lister': How do you write about a woman who has already written a diary of over four million words? About a woman whose every letter artfully re-presents the truth? Reading Anne’s heavily abbreviated handwriting and deciphering her private coded sections daunts even the most determined historians. In 1990 Jill Liddington, living in Halifax just a mile from Shibden Hall, began work on the 1830s diaries. Her edition, Female Fortune: land, gender & authority: the Anne Lister Diaries 1833-36 (1998, 2019), inspired scriptwriter Sally Wainwright to write Gentleman Jack (BBC1/HBO, 2019). In this lecture, Dr Liddington explores precisely how Anne Lister has been presented by different generations of editors and historians. She traces this through the lens of LGBT history from 1840 when Anne Lister died, to 2019 and Gentleman Jack.