Unconventionality and queerness in Katherine Everett’s life writing
might be whispering to us about homosexuality. The second part of the chapter, by contrast, embarks on a queer critical history, arguing for the centrality, in Everett’s life-writing, of the strange-to-us category of unconventionality. While Everett is quiet on the subject of sexuality, she is clear about the importance of being unconventional, especially for women. Misfit women, Everett explains, saved her life, and rejecting conventions of gender, especially in regard to work, made her life rich and fulfilling. Ina Jephson is the female mystery at the heart of
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23 Monty DiPietro, ‘Artist Builds from Zero’, Japan Times (11 August 2008), www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2004/08/11/arts/artist-builds-from-zero/#.VB-c0
This book demonstrates a fruitful cross-fertilisation of ideas between British queer history and art history. It engages with self-identified lesbians and with another highly important source for queer history: oral history. The book highlights the international dimension of what to date has been told as a classic British tale of homosexual law reform and also illuminates the choices made and constraints imposed at the national level. It embarks on a queer critical history, arguing for the centrality, in John Everett Millais's life-writing, of the strange-to-us category of unconventionality. The book aims to expose the queer implications of celebrity gossip writing. It offers a historical analysis of the link between homosexual men and gossip by examining the origins of the gossip column in the British tabloid press in the three decades after 1910. The book provides an overview of the emergence and consolidation of a number of new discourses of homosexuality as a social practice in postwar Britain. It explores a British variant on homophile internationalism before and immediately after the 1967 Sexual Offences Act by mapping Grey's cross-border connections while noting strain against transnational solidarity. The book focuses on evidence collected by the 1977 Committee on Obscenity and Film Censorship to illustrate how gay men conceptualised the place of pornography in their lives and its role in the broader struggle for the freedom.
popular life-writing. The episodic narrative is driven by desire: unfixed and mobile in expressions and objects and shaped through historically specific contexts of wartime hedonism and post-war consumerism. Working at Cox’s Bank, Fox is entranced by the officers he sees: ‘These boys on leave filled every minute with gaiety and gave me the fever badly … I went here, there and everywhere with them, spending more money than I ought to have done but “keeping my end up”.’ 45 Rephrasing East’s emphasis on the disruptive power of unregulated instinct, this ‘fever’ overwhelms