Pingy-Dingy Wednesday – Lucy Allen and “Reading Medieval Books”

Oh, to have been in London last week in order to attend the talk by Lucy Allen, “Queerly Invisible, Female Desire in Medieval England! “I argue,” says this queer medievalist, “that in some of the most popular literature of the period, we can see the details we glean from the historical evidence magnified and intensified to form a rich seam of innuendo concerning female same-sex desire and its often strange and unfamiliar manifestations. This, in turn, sheds light on our own preconceptions as scholars of historical sexual desire, and especially on our own sense of what is and is not ‘queer history’.” Oooh, doesn’t that sound like soooo much fun??

For more, see her gorgeous blog, Reading Medieval Books, and her latest post on this subject, “’Queerly Invisible’: Medieval and Modern Fictions of Lesbianism”.

Lucy Allen, you get one pingy-dingy! Thank you for fossicking about in the Way Back Then as well as the Here We Are Now to get us thinking about silences, invisibilities, assumptions, exaggerations, certainties and uncertainties when it comes to images of same-sex desire.

Reading Medieval Books

I’m a typewriter whompin’, card catalogue lovin’ white girl from back in the day, and I yearn for a time before the covers of trade paperbacks were all squidgy, so you can imagine that I don’t actually understand what a pingback is. I do know that it can in some way be part of spreading the love, and since that’s what I’m all about at The Total Femme every Wednesday, I pay homage to the laughter and inspiration to be had elsewhere online.



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  1. Oh, wow! How absolutely lovely of you. I wish you’d been there too – and I hope it would have lived up to expectations! Thanks so much for this!

  2. How did it go?? I hope you got a good crowd and some fun questions! I just love the work you’re doing! xottf

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