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HIST1300
Gender and Sexuality in Interwar Britain

Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study, 2019/20, Semester 2
Professor Stephen Alford
S.Alford@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Backgroud Reading

John Stevenson, British society 1914-45 (Penguin, 1999)

Ross McKibbin, Classes and cultures : England 1918-1951 (Oxford University Press, 2000)

Christine Grandy, Heroes and happy endings : class, gender, and nation in popular film and fiction in interwar Britain (Manchester University Press, 2014)

Sonya O. Rose, What is Gender History? (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2010) google books link   (Introduction required for week 2)  

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Adrian Bingham, Gender, modernity, and the popular press in inter-war Britain (Clarendon Press, 2004). Introduction*  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 05/02/2019) 

Adrian Bingham and Martin Corby, Tabloid century : the popular press in Britain, 1896 to the present , (Peter Lang Limited, 2015) Introduction*

D.L. LeMahieu, A culture for democracy : mass communication and the cultivated mind in Britain between the wars (Clarendon Press: Oxford, 1988). (Daily Newspapers Chapter) * OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 05/02/2019) 

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Introduction to Gender

Leonore Davidoff, ‘Gender and the "Great Divide": Public and Private in British Gender History’, Journal of women's history. . 15:1 (2003), pp.11-27*

Joan W. Scott, ‘Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis’,The American historical review . , 91 (1986), pp. 1053-1075 *    

Lucy Bland, Modern women on trial : sexual transgression in the age of the flapper (Manchester University Press, 2013)*£

 Judith Butler, Gender Trouble (Routledge: Oxon, 1990)*

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The Age of the Flapper

 Claire Langhamer,  Women's leisure in England, 1920-60 (2001). Introduction* Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

 Lucy Bland, Banishing the beast : English feminism and sexual morality 1885-1914 (London: Penguin, 1995)*

Susan Kingsley Kent, Sex and suffrage in Britain, 1860-1914 (Oxford: Princeton University Press, 1987)

MikeSavage,‘Trade Unionism, Sex Segregation and the State: Women's Employment in 'New Industries' in Inter-War Britain.’ Social history. 13: 2 (1988): 209-228.

Melman, Billie. Women and the popular imagination in the Twenties : flappers and nymphs . (1988).

Karen Chow, “Popular Sexual Knowledge and Women’s Agency in 1920s England: Marie Stopes’s Married Love and E. M. Hull’s The Sheik” Feminist review. 63 (Autumn, 1999): 64-87.*    

 Antonia Lant. Blackout : reinventing women for wartime British cinema . (1991).

 Nicoletta Gullace, The blood of our sons : men, women and the renegotiation of British citizenship during the Great War (2002).

 Miriam Glucksmann, Women assemble : women workers and the new industries in inter-war Britain in (1990).

 Stephen Brooke, ‘'A New World for Women?' Abortion Law Reform in Britain during the 1930s.’ The American historical review. 106: 2 (2001): 431-459.

Pamela Cox, Gender, justice, and welfare : bad girls in Britain, 1900-1950 (2003)

Julia Laite. .‘The Association for Moral and Social Hygiene: Abolitionism and Prostitution Law in Britain (1915-1956)’, Women's history review. , 17 (2) 2008

Alison Light, Forever England: Femininity, Literature and Conservatism Between the Wars (1991).

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Masculinity and the Soldier Hero

Graham Dawson, Soldier heroes: British adventure, empire, and the imagining of masculinities, (Psychology Press, 1994). *    

Jessica Meyer, Men of War: Masculinity and the First World War in Britain (London: Yale University Press, 2008) Introduction. *   

Michael Roper, ‘Between Manliness and Masculinity: The “War Generation” and the Psychology of Fear in Britain, 1914-1950’, The journal of British studies. , 44 (2005)

Jay Winter, 'Shell-Shock and the Cultural History of the Great War', Journal of contemporary history. , 35 (2000)

Joanna Bourke, Dismembering the male : men's bodies, Britain and the Great War (1996)

Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory (1975)

Samuel Hynes, A war imagined : the First World War and English culture (1990) intro & chps.17, 19 and 21 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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Masculinity and Unemployment

Alexander, Sally. "Men's Fears and Women's Work: Responses to Unemployment in London between the Wars." Gender & history. 12, no. 2 (2000): 401-25. *    

 Helen Smith, Love Sex Work and Friendship inLove and romance in Britain, 1918-1970 eds Alana Harris and Timothy Jones. (London, Palgrave Macmillan): 61-80. *    

 Christine Grandy. "Avarice" and "Evil Doers": Profiteers, Politicians, and Popular Fiction in the 1920s. The journal of British studies. 50, No. 3 (2011): 667-689.

Selina Todd, “Flappers and Factory Lads: Youth and Youth Culture in Interwar Britain, History compass. (June 2006)

Selina Todd, Young women, work, and family in England, 1918-1950 (2005)

John Stevenson, “Myth and Reality: Britain in the 1930s” The slump : Britain in the Great Depression (2009). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Brett Bebber, ed. Leisure and cultural conflict in twentieth-century Britain (2012)

 Christine Grandy, “Paying for Love: Women’s Work and Love in Popular Film in Interwar Britain,” Journal of the history of sexuality. 19, 3 (2010)

 Susan Pederson, Family, Dependence and the origins of the Welfare State: Great Britain and France, 1914-45 (1994).

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Queer Culture

 Matt Houlbrook, Introduction Queer London : perils and pleasures in the sexual metropolis, 1918-1957 (2005)*   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

 Matt Cook, A gay history of Britain : love and sex between men since the Middle Ages (2007)

 Justin Bengry, ‘Courting the Pink Pound: Men Only and the Queer Consumer, 1935-39’, History workshop journal. , 68 (2009)

 Harry Cocks, ‘Sporty' Girls and 'Artistic' Boys: Friendship, Illicit Sex and the British 'Companionship' Advertisement 1913-1928’, Journal of the history of sexuality. 11, 3 (2002)

 Matt Houlbrook, ‘Soldier Heroes and Rent Boys: Homosex, Masculinities and Britishness in the Brigade of Guards: c.1900-1960’, The journal of British studies. , 42 (3) 2003, 351-388

Matt Houlbrook, 'The Man with the Powder Puff in Interwar London’, The historical journal. , 50 (1) 2007

Christopher Reed, ‘A Vogue that Dare Not Speak Its Name: Sexual Subculture During the Editorship of Dorothy Todd, 1922-26’, Fashion theory : the journal of dress, body & culture. , 10 (1-2) 2006, 39-71.

Lesley Hall, ‘Disinterested Enthusiasm for Sexual Misconduct: The British Society for the Study of Sex Psychology: 1913-47’, Journal of contemporary history. , 30 1995

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Cross-Dressing

Matt Houlbrook, 'Lady Austin's Camp Boys': Constituting the Queer Subject in 1930s London* Gender & history.     

Lisa Sigel, ‘‘Best love’ Female Impersonation in the Great War’, Sexualities. 19 (2016) *    

 Emma Vickers and Emma Jackson, ‘Sanctuary or Sissy? Female Impersonation as Entertainment in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945, in Corinna Peniston-Bird and Emma Vickers eds. Gender and the second World War : lessons of war (Palgrave:London, 2017) 40-52* Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

 Emily Rutherford, ‘Rag Drag and Early Twentieth Century Undergraduate Masculinities’, University Histories, June 26 2018, accessed 27.06.18 https://universityhistories.com/2018/06/26/rag-drag-and-early-twentieth-century-undergraduate-masculinities/

 Alison Oram (2006) Cross dressing and transgender. In: Cocks H and Houlbrook M (eds) Palgrave Advances in the Modern History of Sexuality. Palgrave: London, pp. 256–285

Laurence Senelick, ‘Boys and Girls together: Subcultural origins of glamour drag and male impersonation on the nineteenth-century stage’, in Crossing the stage : controversies on cross-dressing , ed. by Lesley Ferris (London: Routledge, 1993), 80-95. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Michelle Liu Carriger,. 'The Unnatural History and Petticoat Mystery of Boulton and Park': A Victorian Sex Scandal and the Theatre Defense’, TDR : The drama review. 57 (2013), 135-157.

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Sex and Sexual Knowledge

 Karen Chow, “Popular Sexual Knowledges and Women's Agency in 1920s England: Marie Stopes' Married Love and E. M. Hull's The Sheik”, Feminist review. , 63 (1999), pp.64-87 *    

June Rose, Marie Stopes and the sexual revolution (London: Faber & Faber, 1992)*   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

 Kate Fisher, and Simon Szreter, Sex Before the Sexual Revolution: Intimate Life in England, 1918-1963 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Lesley A.Hall, and Roy Porter, The facts of life : the creation of sexual knowledge in Britain, 1650-1950 (London: Yale University Press, 1995)

Lesley A.Hall, Sex, Gender and Social Change in Britain since 1880 (New York: Longman, 1981)

 Roy Porter, and Mikulas Teich (eds.), Sexual knowledge, sexual science : the history of attitudes to sexuality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)

 Jeffrey Weeks, Sex, Politics and Society: the Regulation of Sexuality since 1800, 3rd ed. (London: Routledge, 2014)

H.G.Cocks, and Matt Houlbrook (eds.), Palgrave Advances in the Modern History of Sexuality (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Sarah Toulalan and Kate Fisher, The Routledge history of sex and the body in the West [electronic resource] : 1500 to the present (London: Routledge, 2013)

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Race and Gender

Lucy. Bland, ‘White Women and Men of Colour: Miscegenation Fears in Britain after the Great War’, Gender & history. , 17, no. 1 (2005), 29-61. *    

Sascha Auerbach,. ‘East (End) meets West (End)’in Race, law and "the Chinese puzzle" in imperial Britain (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 123-149. *    

Joanna Bourke, Working class cultures in Britain, 1890-1960 : gender, class, and ethnicity (London: Routledge, 1994)*

Ross McKibbin, Classes and cultures : England 1918-1951 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998)

Richard Soloway, Demography and Degeneration: Eugenics and the Declining Birthrate in Twentieth-Century Britain (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990)

Dan Stone, Breeding Superman: Nietzsche, Race and Eugenics in Edwardian and Interwar Britain (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2002), pp.94-115

Laura Tabili, ‘The Construction of Racial Difference in Twentieth Century Britain: The Special Restriction (Coloured Alien Seamen) Order, 1925’, The journal of British studies. , 33 (1994)

Laura Tabili, “‘We ask for British justice : workers and racial difference in late imperial Britain (1994)

Laura Tabili, ‘Empire is the Enemy of Love: Edith Noor’s Progress and Other Stories’, Gender and History, 17 (1) 2005 (Online Journal Article)

Laura Tabili, ‘Outsiders in the Land of their Birth: Exogamy, Citizenship and Identity in War and Peace’, Journal of British Studies, 44 (2005) 

M Page Baldwin, “Subject to Empire: Married Women and the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act,” Journal of British Studies, 40 (2001) 

Gail Savage, ‘More Than One Mrs. Mir Anwaruddin: Islamic Divorce and Christian Marriage in early Twentieth-Century London’, Journal of British Studies, 47 (2008)

M. Rowe, ‘Sex, “Race” and Riot in Liverpool, 1919’, Immigrants and Minorities 19, 2 (July 2000), pp. 53-70. 

C. Waters, ‘“Dark Strangers” in Our Midst: Discourses of Race and Nation in Britain, 1947-
1963’, Journal of British Studies 36, 2 (April 1997), pp. 207-238. (Online Journal Article)

This list was last updated on 09/04/2020