Britannia's Glory: A History of 20th Century Lesbians

Britannia's Glory: A History of 20th Century Lesbians

by Emily Hamer


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Britannia's Glory: A History of 20th Century Lesbians by Emily Hamer

A highly readable and comprehensive political history of lesbianism in the twentieth century, Britannia's Glory narrates the lives of individual women; a history of lesbians and the First World War; Radclyffe Hall and The Well of Loneliness trial; lesbian life in the cosmopolitan 1930s; lesbian participation in the Second World War effort; lesbians in the 1950s; Esme Langley and Arena Three; and lesbian politics since the 1970s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780304329649
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1998
Series: Women on Women Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Emily Hamer is a writer based in London.

Table of Contents

1Introduction: 'No, not quite forgotten'1
2Lesbians and suffragists: 'I don't know what to do--I'm torn in two'15
3Lesbians and the outbreak of war: 'You, yes you, will be my ally'40
4Lesbians after the great war: 'There is no place for grief'66
5Radclyffe hall: 'When I die I shall never be forgotten'93
6Lesbian life in the 1930s: 'Aphrodite has honoured you above all others'117
7The second world war: 'Night crept up on them'135
8Lesbians in the 1950s: 'I want to tell you something but shame prevents me'144
9Esme langley and arena three: 'Come to me now free from this aching pain'166
10The politics of lesbianism: 'I will sing with a clear voice to enchant you'191

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