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Gender and Sexuality in Interwar Britain

Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study, 2019/20, Semester 2
Professor Stephen Alford
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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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

 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