My Recent Research on YouTube & in the News (updated 6/07/22)

Key findings of my newest book in 35 minutes.

My talk at the 2022 iMagine! Belfast Festival. This talk is based on my newest book, “Beyond the Law”: The Politics Ending the Death Penalty for Sodomy in Britain (Temple University Press, 2021), which documents the early nineteenth century debate in Britain over the ethics of punishing sex between men, culminating in votes in Parliament in 1835 and 1840-41. On each of these occasions, majorities in the House of Commons approved ending the death penalty for sodomy, even as the reform was blocked in the House of Lords. While the reform itself failed, the opinions preserved by the attempts provide a remarkable and previously unknown way to analyze cultural attitudes towards sex between men in the early nineteenth century. Rather than focus on what was not present in these debates (the modern homosexual identity category as defined in the late nineteenth century) this analysis focuses on the multiple ways various groups of individuals understood what sodomy was, and what constituted an ethical response to it. Arguments were made, in a variety of settings, as to why execution for private consensual sexual conduct was immoral. A leader in the movement to abolish slavery was prominent in these efforts, as were individuals who had family members who were subject to arrest under the laws against sodomy and attempted sodomy. Arguments stemming from utilitarian reform were a part of these debates, but so too were arguments for marital privacy, and the negative impact of the sodomy law on married couples. Playing out over decades, this story involves some of the most prominent individuals of the age, including philosopher legal theorist Jeremy Bentham, novelists William Beckford, Isabella Kelly, and Matthew Gregory Lewis, Lord and Lady Byron, Abolitionist Steven Lushington, future Prime Ministers Lord John Russell and Robert Peel, future Attorney General Fitzroy Kelly, explorer and MP William Bankes, radical politician and publisher William Cobbett, and many others. 

Jeffrey Weeks, author of the first landmark works of LGBTQ history for nineteenth century Britain, has called the book “Convincing and stimulating, Upchurch’s book is grounded in a rich and complex archive and is a triumph of historical detective work. His patient piecing together of quite disparate materials to develop a case strengthens the sense that he is genuinely breaking new ground. ‘Beyond the Law’ is a very important book that will change our understanding of what happened before 1861 when the death penalty for sodomy in England was abolished.” 

Ann Clark, author of numerous books on British gender and sexuality in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and former President of the North American Conference on British Studies, writes that “‘Beyond the Law’ reveals hitherto almost unknown efforts to repeal the death penalty for sodomy in the early nineteenth century in England and provides a new interpretation of the 1885 Labouchere Amendment on that topic. Upchurch offers amazing research, new discoveries, and fascinating stories of the people behind these legislative efforts, as well as rich discussions of the tragic persecutions of many men who had sex with men. His book is a very interesting and compelling read.”


I was interviewed by the Express (a national newspaper in the United Kingdom) about the potential for LGBTQ storylines in future seasons of Bridgerton. Click on the image below for the full story.


I gave another talk on my new book at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division (the bookstore in the LGBTQ Center on 13th street in Manhattan) on June 1, 2022. Jonathan Ned Katz did a great job with the Q&A. We got nice coverage of this in one of my favorite queer culture/style blogs, Kenneth in the 212.

My talk, “A Masterclass: Queer HIstory with Prof. Charles Upchurch” at the Manchester Central Library was listed on Visit Manchester as one of the things to do in town for LGBT History Month in 2022. The talk was held before a live audience, as well as webcast.


“Beyond the Law” was featured in the March/April 2022 issue of The Advocate, the nation’s leading LGBTQ news magazine since 1967.


Human Rights and LGBTQ Rights Activist Peter Tatchell endorses Beyond the Law

To get a sense of the amazing work Tatchell has done over the past 50 years in the areas of LGBTQ Rights and Human Rights, check out this great documentary, now on Netflix.

What Would a Queer History of Florida State University Look Like?

My January 2022 talk for the FSU Pride Alumni Network: What Would a Queer History of FSU Look Like? What are the most important developments in the writing of Queer and LGBT history, and how can they be applied to interpreting the queer experience at Florida State? One of the first academic authors of gay and lesbian history earned his PhD at FSU in the early 1970s, and taught some of the first university courses on LGBT history and culture in the nation on our campus. Why isn’t this story better known, and how can we build on this legacy? How can theory help ensure that we write histories that acknowledge the centrality of race, class, gender, and gender identity, while also always foregrounding issues of political power, labor, coercion, and class? Theory is not about making what is simple obscure, but instead about helping us to see mechanisms at work, and lives lived, that may have left only faint traces in the archive, rounding out and completing the evidence that has survived in greater abundance. Join us for a 40-minute illustrated exploration of all of these themes as they relate to FSU’s queer history.


Larry Kramer, founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, ACT UP, and Tony award-winning playwright, wrote a review strongly endorsing my first book, Before Wilde: Sex Between Men in Britain’s Age of Reform (Univ. of California Press, 2009) for the Huffington Post. The review highlights my commitment to basing my arguments on original primary source material.


February 2015 As part of LGBT History Month in the United Kingdom, I gave the first Alan Horsfall Lecture, which opened the National LGBT History Festival. The talk was sponsored by the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) and was titled “Like Sympathetic Ink: Identity and the Early Nineteenth-Century Attempt to Reform of the British Sodomy Laws.” It was my first presentation of the first piece of the research that would become ‘Beyond the Law’ six years later, and I’m grateful to LGBT History Month UK for the support they gave my work at this early stage.


LGBTQ+ History Bibliography

Clare Barlow, Queer British Art, 1861-1967 (London: Tate Publishing, 2017)

Heike Bauer and Matt Cook, eds., Queer 1950s: Rethinking Sexuality in the Postwar Years (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Robert Beachy, Gay Berlin: Birthplace of Modern Identity (New York: Vintage, 2015)

Peter Boag, Same-Sex Affairs: Constructing and Controlling Homosexuality in the Pacific Northwest (University of California Press, 2003)

John Boswell, Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century (University of Chicago Press, 1980)

John Boswell, Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe (New York: Villard Books, 1994)

Alan Bray, Homosexuality in Renaissance England (New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.

Jennifer Brier, Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Responses to the AIDS Crisis (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009)

Michael Bronski, A Queer History of the United States (Boston: Beacon Press, 2011)

Bernadette J. Brooten, Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism (University of Chicago Press, 1996)

Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (New York: Routledge, 1990)

Judith Butler, Senses of the Subject (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015)

Judith Butler, Undoing Gender (New York: Routledge, 2004)

George Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (New York, Basic Books, 1994)

Howard Chiang, Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific (Columbia University Press, 2021)

Anna Clark, Alternative Histories of the Self: A Cultural History of Sexuality and Secrets, 1762-1917 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)

Anna Clark, Desire: A History of European Sexuality (New York: Routledge, 2008)

Harry Cocks, Nameless Offences: Speaking of Male Homosexual Desire in Nineteenth-Century England (New York: I.B. Tauris, 2003)

Harry Cocks, Visions of Sodom: Religion, Homoerotic Desire, and the End of the World in England, c. 1550-1850 (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2017

Matt Cook, London and the Culture of Homosexuality, 1885-1914 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Matt Cook, Queer Domesticities: Homosexuality and Home Life in Twentieth-Century London (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Douglas Crimp, Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002)

Louis Crompton, Byron and Greek Love: Homophobia in 19th-Century England (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985

Louis Crompton, Homosexuality and Civilization (Harvard University Press, 2003)

Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012

Orna Alyagon Darr, Plausible Crime Stories: The Legal History of Sexual Offences in Mandate Palestine (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

John D’Emilio, Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin (New York: Free Press, 2003)

Leah DeVun, The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance (Columbia University Press, 2021)

Laura Doan, Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality, and Women’s Experience of Modern War (University of Chicago Press, 2013

Laura Doan, Fashioning Sapphism: The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Culture (Columbia University Press, 2001)

Cameron Duder, Awfully Devoted Women: Lesbian Lives in Canada, 1900-65 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010)

Vicki L. Eaklor, Queer America: A GLBT History of the 20th Century (Greenwood, 2008)

Anne Enke, Finding the Movement: Sexuality, Contested Space, and Feminist Activism (Duke University Press, 2007)

Jennifer Evans, Life Among the Ruins: Cityscape and Sexuality in Cold War Berlin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

Anne Fausto-Sterling, Sex / Gender: Biology in a Social World (Routledge, 2012)

James Fleming, Sotirios Barber, Stephen Macedo, and Linda McCain, Gay Rights and the Constitution (Foundation Press, 2016)

Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction (New York: Pantheon Books, 1978

Holly Furneaux, Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009

Shannon Gilreath and Lydia E Lavelle, Sexual Orientation and Identity: Political and Legal Analysis (St. Paul, MN: West Academic Publishing, 2016)

Christina B. Hanhardt, Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence (Duke University Press, 2013)

Karen V. Hansen, “‘No Kisses Is Like Youres:’ An Erotic Friendship between Two African-American Women during the Mid-Nineteenth Century,” Gender and History 7, 2(1994): 153-182.

Dan Healey, Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia: The Regulation of Sexual and Gender Dissent (University of Chicago Press, 2001)

Bruce Henderson, Queer Studies: Beyond Binaries (Harrington Park Press, 2019)

Emily K. Hobson, Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left (University of California Press, 2016)

Rachel Hope Cleves, Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Matt Houlbrook, Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957 (University of Chicago Press, 2005)

John Howard, Men Like That: A Southern Queer History (University of Chicago Press, 1999)

Daniel Hurewitz, Bohemian Los Angeles and the Making of Modern Politics (University of California Press, 2007)

Julian Jackson, Living in Arcadia: Homosexuality, Politics, and Morality in France from the Liberation to AIDS (University of California Press, 2009)

Dominic Janes, Oscar Wilde Prefigured: Queer Fashioning and British Caricature, 1750-1900 (University of Chicago Press, 2016

David K. Johnson, The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government (University of Chicago Press, 2006)

Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, Painted Men in Britain, 1868-1918: Royal Academicians and Masculinities (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012)

Gary Kinsman and Patrizia Gentile, The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation (Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2010)

Regina Kunzel, Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2008)

Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis, Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community (New York: Routledge, 1993)

Aaron Lecklider, Love’s Next Meeting: The Forgotten History of Homosexuality and the Left in American Culture (University of California Press, 2021)

Martin F. Manalansan, Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2003)

Neil McKenna, The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde (New York: Basic Books, 2005)

Joanne Meyerowitz, How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States

Kevin Mumford, “The Trouble with Gay Rights: Race and the Politics of Sexual Orientation in Philadelphia, 1969-1982” The Journal of American History 91 1(June 2011): 49-72.

Jose Esteban Munoz, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (New York University Press, 2019)

Afsaneh Najmabadi, Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran (Duke University Press, 2014)

Afsaneh Najmabadi, Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity (University of California Press, 2005)

Rictor Norton, Mother Clap’s Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England, 1700-1830. revised second edition (Chalfont Press, 2006)

Rictor Norton, ed., Homosexuality in Nineteenth-Century England: A Sourcebook, http://rictornorton.co.uk

Harry Oosterhuis, Stepchildren of Nature: Krafft-Ebing, Psychiatry, and the Making of Sexual Identity (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000

Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain, and Post-Humanist Critique (New York University Press, 2016)

Michael Roche, Forbidden Friendships: Homosexuality and Male Culture in Renaissance Florence (Oxford Univ. Press, 1996)

Sheila Rowbotham, Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love (New York: Verso, 2009)

Leila Rupp, “The Persistence of Transnational Organizing: The Case of the Homophile Movement,” The American Historical Review 116, 4(2011): 1014-1039.

Sarah Schulman, The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination (University of California Press, 2012)

Nayan Shah, Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality, and the Law in the North American West (University of California Press, 2011)

Todd Shepard, Sex, France and Arab Men: 1962-1979 (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Yorick Smaal, Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific, 1939-45: Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Alicia Spencer-Hall and Blake Gutt, eds., Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography (Amsterdam University Press, 2021)

Peter N. Stearns, Sexuality in World History (New York: Routledge, 2009)

Marc Stein, City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972 (University of Chicago Press, 2000)

Marc Stein, Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Routledge, 2012)

Timothy Stewart-Winter, Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Charles Upchurch, Before Wilde: Sex Between Men in Britain’s Age of Reform (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2009)

Charles Upchurch, “Beyond the Law”: The Politics of Ending the Death Penalty for Sodomy in Britain (Temple University Press, 2021)

Martha Vicinus, Intimate Friends: Women Who Loved Women, 1778-1928 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004

Jerry T. Watkins, Queering the Redneck Riviera: Sexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism (Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 2018)

Jeffrey Weeks, Sex, Politics and Society: The Regulation of Sexuality since 1800, third edition (New York: Pearson, 2012)

Craig Williams, Roman Homosexuality: Ideologies of Masculinity in Classical Antiquity (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010)

James F. Wilson, Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies: Performance, Race, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011)


This list was compiled by Charles Upchurch, based on the works he has used or recommended in his LGBTQ History course, taught most semesters at Florida State University. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions cupchurch@fsu.edu.

Reading List for Early Modern (Tudor/Stuart) England

Politics/Political Theory/Constitutional History

Burgess, Glenn. Absolute Monarchy and the Stuart Constitution. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.

Burgess, Glenn. The Politics of the Ancient Constitution: An Introduction to English Political Thought, 1603-1642. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1992.

Cogswell, Thomas. The Blessed Revolution: English Politics and the Coming of War, 1621-1624. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Cromartie, Alan. The Constitutionalist Revolution: An Essay on the History of England, 1450-1642. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Dean, David. Law-making and Society in Late Elizabethan England: The Parliament of England, 1584-1601. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Elton, G. R. The Tudor Constitution: Documents and Commentary, 2nd Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.

Hammer, Paul E. J. The Polarisation of English Politics: The Political Career of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1585-1597. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Harris, Tim and Stephen Taylor, ed. The Final Crisis of the Stuart Monarchy: The Revolutions of 1688-91 in their British, Atlantic and European Contexts. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2013.

Kesselring, K.J. Mercy and Authority in the Tudor State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Little, Patrick and David L. Smith. Parliaments and Politics during the Cromwellian Protectorate. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Loades, David. Power in Tudor England. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.

Orr, D. Treason and the State: Law, Politics and Ideology in the English Civil War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Paul, Joanne. Counsel and Command in Early Modern English Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Rose, Jacqueline. Godly Kingship in Restoration England: The Politics of the Royal Supremacy, 1660-1688. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Sommerville, J.P. Politics and Ideology in England, 1603-1640. New York: Longman, 1986.

Williams, Penry. The Tudor Regime. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Revolutions/Rebellions

Hoyle, R.W. The Pilgrimage of Grace and the Politics of the 1530s. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Wood, Andy. The 1549 Rebellions and the Making of Early Modern England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Pincus, Steve. 1688: The First Modern Revolution (Yale University Press, 2011)

Hill, Christopher. The World Turned Upside Down:  Radical Ideas in the English Revolution (Penguin, 1972)

The Early Tudors

Gunn, Steven, Henry VII’s New Men and the Making of Tudor England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Starkey, David. The Reign of Henry VIII: Personalities and Politics. London: Vintage, 1985.

Political Culture

Colclough, David. Freedom of Speech in Early Stuart England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Hoak, Dale, ed. Tudor Political Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Knights, Mark. Politics and Opinion in Crisis, 1678-81. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

McLaren, A. N. Political Culture in the Reign of Elizabeth I: Queen and Commonwealth 1558-1585. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Peacey, Jason. Print and Public Politics in the English Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Raymond, Joad. Pamphlets and Pamphleteering in Early Modern Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Underdown, David. Revel, Riot and Rebellion: Popular Politics and Culture in England 1603-1660. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Social History and English Society

Beier, A.L. Masterless Men: The Vagrancy Problem in England 1560-1640. London: Methuen, 1985.

Braddick, Michael J., and John Walter, ed., Negotiating Power in Early Modern Society: Order, Hierarchy and Subordination in Britain and Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Ingram, Martin. Carnal Knowledge: Regulating Sex in England, 1470-1600. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Miller, Helen. Henry VIII and the English Nobility. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1986.

Slack, Paul. From Reformation to Improvement: Public Welfare in Early Modern England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

English Reformation

Bernard, G.W. The King’s Reformation: Henry VIII and the Remaking of the English Church. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Gunther, Karl. Reformation Unbound: Protestant Visions of Reform in England, 1525-1590. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Haigh, Christopher. English Reformations: Religion, Politics and Society under the Tudors. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Shagan, Ethan. Popular Politics and the English Reformation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Religion

Hunt, Arnold. The Art of Hearing: English Preachers and their Audiences, 1590-1640. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Johnstone, Nathan. The Devil and Demonism in Early Modern England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Walsham, Alexandra. Providence in Early Modern England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

War and Foreign Policy

Gunn, Steven. The English People at War in the Age of Henry VIII. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

McDermott, James. England and the Spanish Armada: The Necessary Quarrel. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Pincus, Steve. Protestantism and Patriotism: Ideologies and the Making of English Foreign Policy, 1650-1668. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Finance

Braddick, Michael. The Nerves of State: Taxation and the Financing of the English State, 1558-1714. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1996.

Carruthers, Bruce G. City of Capital: Politics and Markets in the English Financial Revolution (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1996)

Erikson, Emily. Between Monopoly and Free Trade the English East India Company, 1600-1757, Princeton Analytical Sociology Series (Princeton: Princeton University Pres, 2014)

Roseveare, Henry. The Financial Revolution, 1660-1750. Seminar Studies in History. Oxon England: Routledge, 2013.

England in the Atlantic World

Armitage, David. The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Dunn, Richard. Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713 (University of North Carolina Press, 2000)

Games, Alison. The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660 (Oxford University Press, 2009)

Hannah, Mark. Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017)

Kupperman, Karen Ordahl. The Jamestown Project (Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007)

Winship, Michael. Hot Protestants: A History of Puritanism in England in America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018.


This bibliography was compiled by Cody Nicholson, who has an MA in European history from Florida State University and a BA in history from the University of West Florida. He currently teaches history courses at North West Florida State College.  

British Theatre / Theatre and Empire Bibliography

General Texts on British Theatre, Society, and Culture

Anae, Nicole. “”Poses Plastiques”: The Art and Style of ‘Statuary’ in Victorian Visual Theatre.” Australasian Drama Studies (2008): 112-20.

Baer, Marc. Theatre and disorder in late Georgian London. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1992.

Bailey, Peter. Popular Culture and Performance in the Victorian City. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Berry, John M., and Frances Panchok. “Church and Theatre.” U.S. Catholic Historian 6.2/3 (1987): 151-79.

Booth, Michael R. Theatre in the Victorian Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1991.

Burton, Elizabeth. The Pageant of Early Victorian England, 1837-1861. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1972.

Choudhury, Mita. Interculturalism and Resistance in the London Theater, 1660–1800: Identity, Performance, Empire. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell Univ. Press, 2000.

Colclough, Dyan. Child Labor in the British Victorian Entertainment Industry: 1875-1914. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Davis, Jim, and Victor Emeljanow. Reflecting the Audience: London Theatregoing, 1840-1880. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 2001.

Foulkes, Richard. Church and Stage in Victorian England. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Gubar, Marah. “Who Watched the Children’s Pinafore? Age Transvestism on the Nineteenth-Century Stage.” Victorian Studies 54.3 (2012): 410-26.

Guest, Kristen. “The Subject of Money: Late-Victorian Melodrama’s Crisis of Masculinity.” Victorian Studies 49.4 (2007): 635-57.

Harrop, Josephine. Victorian Portable Theatres. London: Society for Theatre Research, 1989.

Hudston, Sara. 2000. Victorian Theatricals. London: Methuen Drama, 2000.

Kaplan, Joel H., and Sheila Stowell. Theatre and Fashion: Oscar Wilde to the Suffragettes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

O’Quinn, Daniel. Staging Governance: Theatrical Imperialism in London, 1770–1800. Baltimore: John Hopkins Univ. Press, 2005.

Roach, Joseph. Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1996

Russell, Gillian. The Theatres of War: Performance, Politics and Society, 1793–1815. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Smith, Shannon R. “Staging Sport: Dion Boucicault, the Victorian Spectacular Theatre, and the Manly Ideal.” Critical Survey 24.1 (2012): 57-73.

Varty, Anne. Children and Theatre in Victorian Britain: ‘all Work, No Play’ Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Wanko, Cheryl. Roles of Authority: Thespian Biography and Celebrity in Eighteenth-century Britain. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2003.

Wilson, Kathleen “Introduction: Three Theses on Performance and History,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 48. 4 (2015): 375-90.

Worrall, David. Celebrity, Performance, Reception: British Georgian Theatre as Social Assemblage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Ziter, Edward. The Orient on the Victorian Stage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

 

Theatre and the Empire

Becker, Tobias. “Entertaining The Empire: Theatrical Touring Companies and Amateur Dramatics in Colonial India.” Hist. J. The Historical Journal 57.03 (2014): 699-725.

Bhatia, Nandi. Acts of Authority, Acts of Resistance: Theater and Politics in Colonial and Postcolonial India. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan, 2004.

Booth, Michael. “Touring the Empire.” Essays in Theatre 6.1 (1987): 49-60.

Bratton, J.S., et.al., eds. Acts of Supremacy: The British Empire and the Stage, 1790-1930. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991.

Chatterjee, Sudiptoo. “Mise-en-(colonial-) Scene: The Theatre of the Bengal Renaissance.” Imperialism and Theatre: Essays on World Theatre, Drama, and Performance. Ed. J. Ellen Gainor. Routledge, 2003. 19-36.

Diamond, Michael. “”Finest Printing on the Road”: The Importance of Poster Advertising for Touring Theatre Companies around the Turn of the Century.” Theatre Notebook 66.1 (2012): 26-47.

Foulkes, Richard. Performing Shakespeare in the Age of Empire. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Gibbs, Jenna M. Performing the Temple of Liberty: Slavery, Theatre, and Popular Culture in London and Philadelphia, 1760-1850. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press. 2014.

Gould, Marty. Nineteenth Century Theatre and the Imperial Encounter. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Hancher, Michael. “College English in India: The First Textbook.” Victorian Literature and Culture 42.3 (2014): 553-72.

Hill, Errol. The Jamaican Stage: 1655-1900: Profile of a Colonial Theatre. Amherst (Mass): U of Massachusetts, 1992.

Jordan, Robert. The Convict Theatres of Early Australia, 1788–1840. Strawberry Hills, NSW: Currency House, 2002.

Kaori, Kobayashi. “‘The Actors Are Come Hither’: Shakespeare Productions by Travelling Companies in Asia.” New Theatre Quarterly 32.01 (2016): 49-60.

Marshall, Tristan. Theatre and Empire: Great Britain on the London Stages under James VI and I. Manchester, UK: Manchester UP, 2000.

Mukherjee, Sushil Kumar. The Story of the Calcutta Theatres: 1753-1980. Calcutta: K.P. Bagchi, 1982.

Orr, Bridget. Empire on the English Stage: 1660-1714. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Orr, Bridget. Empire on the English Stage: 1660-1714. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Singh, Lata. Play-house of Power: Theatre in Colonial India. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Viswanathan, Gauri. Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India. New York: Columbia University Press, 1989.

Watson, Tim. “Working the Edges of the Nineteenth-Century British Empire.” Literature Compass 13.5 (2016): 288-99.


This list was compiled by Taylor Tobias, a graduate student at Florida State University, who is writing a dissertation on theatre and performance in the British Empire in the nineteenth century. For questions about this list or other aspects of Taylor’s research, email trt10@my.fsu.edu. 

 

Men, Manliness, and Sexuality in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic World Reading List

Barclay, Katie. Love, Intimacy, and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650–1850. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2011.

Barker-Benfield, G.J. The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Bloch, Ruth H. “Changing Conceptions of Sexuality and Romance in Eighteenth-Century America,” William and Mary Quarterly (January 2003): 13-42.

Bloch, Ruth. “The Gendered Meanings of Virtue in Revolutionary America.” Signs 13 (1987): 37-58.

Block, Sharon. Rape & Sexual Power in Early America. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Bonomi, Patricia. The Lord Cornbury Scandal: the Politics of Reputation in British America. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Brown, Kathleen. “The Anglo-Algonquian Gender Frontier,” in Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women. Nancy Shoemaker, ed. New York: Routledge, 1995. 26-48.

Brown, Kathleen. “‘Changed … into the fashion of man’: The politics of sexual difference in a seventeenth-century Anglo-American Settlement,” Journal of the History of Sexuality (1995)

Brown, Kathleen M. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, & Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Burnard, Trevor. Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and his slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican world. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Carter, Philip. Men and the Emergence of Polite Society in Britain, 1660-1800. London: Longman, 2001.

Carter, Philip. “Men About Town: Representations of Foppery and Masculinity in Early Eighteenth-Century Urban Society,” in Gender in Eighteenth-Century England: Roles, Representations and Responsibilities. Hannah Barker and Elaine Chalus, eds. London: Longman, 1997.

Cohen, Michéle. Fashioning Masculinity: National Identity and Language in the Eighteenth Century. London: Routledge, 1996.

D’Emilio, John and Estelle Freedman. Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Ditz, Toby L. “The New Men’s History and the Peculiar Absence of Gendered Power.” Gender & History (April 2004), 1-35.

Ditz, Toby L. “Shipwrecked; or, Masculinity Imperiled: Mercantile Representations of Failure and the Gendered Self in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia,” Journal of American History 81 (1994): 51-80.

Fletcher, Anthony. Gender, Sex and Subordination in England, 1500-1800. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1995.

Foster, Thomas, “Deficient Husbands: Manhood, Sexual Incapacity, and Male Marital Sexuality in Seventeenth-Century New England,” William and Mary Quarterly Ser. 3, 56 (1999): 723-74.

Foster, Thomas, ed. Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America. New York: New York University Press, 2007.

Foster, ed., Thomas A. New Men: Manliness in Early America. New York: New York University Press, 2011.

Foster, Thomas A. Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.

Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality: An Introduction, Volume 1. New York: Vintage Books, 1978.

French, Henry and Mark Rothery. Man’s Estate: Landed Gentry Masculinities, 1660–1900. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Gerard, Kent and Gert Hekma, eds. The Pursuit of Sodomy: Male Homosexuality in Renaissance and Enlightenment Europe. New York: Routledge, 1989.

Godbeer, Richard. The Overflowing of Friendship: Love between Men and the Creation of the American Republic. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

Godbeer, Richard. Sexual Revolution in Early America. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Goldsmith, Netta Murray. The Worst of Crimes: Homosexuality and the Law in Eighteenth-Century London. Aldershot and Brookfield: Ashgate Publishing, 1998.

Haggerty, George. Men in Love: Masculinity and Sexuality in the Eighteenth Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Hall, Catherine and Leonore Davidoff. Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780-1850 (London: Hutchinson, 1987.

Harvey, Karen. “The History of Masculinity, circa 1650–1800.” The Journal of British Studies, 44, (2005): 296-311 and all other articles in this issue.

Harvey, Karen. The Little Republic: Masculinity and Domestic Authority in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Haulman, Kate. “Fashion and the Culture Wars of Revolutionary Philadelphia.” The William and Mary Quarterly 62, no. 4 (October 2005), 625-662.

Haulman, Kate. The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

Hine, Darlene Clark and Earnestine Jenkins, eds. A Question of Manhood: A Reader in U.S. Black Men’s History and Masculinity, vol. 1, ‘Manhood Rights:’ The Construction of Black Male History and Manhood, 1750-1870. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994.

Hitchcock, Tim. “Redefining Sex in Eighteenth-Century England,” History Workshop Journal 41 (1996): 73–90.

Hitchcock, Tim and Michèle Cohen, eds. English Masculinities, 1660-1830. London: Longman, 1999.

Hunt, Margaret. The Middling Sort: Gender, Commerce and the Family in England, 1670-1780. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996.

Kann, Mark E. The Gendering of American Politics: Founding Mothers, Founding Fathers, and Political Patriarchy. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999.

Kann, Mark E. A Republic of Men: The American Founders, Gendered Language, and Patriarchal Politics. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

Kann, Mark E. Taming Passion for the Public Good: Policing Sex in the Early Republic. New York: New York University Press, 2013.

Kimmel, Michael S., Manhood in America: A Cultural History, New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

King, Thomas A. The Gendering of Men, 1600–1750. Volume 2: Queer Articulations. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2008.

Knouff, Gregory T. “White Men in Arms: Concepts of Citizenship and Masculinity in Revolutionary America.” In Masculinities in Politics and War: Gendering Modern History, Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press and Palgrave, 2004, 25-44.

Kuchta, David. The Three-Piece Suit and Modern Masculinity England, 1550–1850. Berkeley, CA: The University of California Press, 2002.

Laqueur, Thomas. Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.

Lindman, Janet Moore, “Acting the Manly Christian: White Evangelical Masculinity in Revolutionary Virginia,” William and Mary Quarterly Ser. 3, 57 (2000): 393-416.

Little, Ann. Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.

Lockridge, Kenneth. On the Sources of Patriarchal Rage: The Commonplace Books of William Byrd and Thomas Jefferson and the Gendering of Power in the Eighteenth Century. New York: New York University Press, 1992.

Lombard, Anne S. Making Manhood: Growing Up Male in Colonial New England. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Lyons, Clare. “Discipline, Sex, and the Republican Self.” In The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution. Edward G. Gray and Jane Kamensky, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 560-577.

Lyons, Clare. “Mapping an Atlantic Sexual Culture: Homoeroticism in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia.” William and Mary Quarterly. 60, no. 1 (January 2003), 119-154.

Lyons, Clare A. Sex among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender and Power in the Age of Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730-1830. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Mandell, Daniel R. “The Saga of Sarah Muckamugg: Indian and African American Intermarriage in Colonial New England,” in Sex, Love, Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American History. Martha Hodes, ed. New York: New York University Press, 1999. 72-90.

Manion, Jennifer. “Historic Heteroessentialism and Other Orderings in Early America.” Signs 34, no. 4 (Summer 2009): 981-1003.

Miller, Amy. Dressed to Kill: British naval uniform, masculinity and contemporary fashions. London: National Maritime Museum, 2007.

Myles, Anne G. “Queering the Study of Early American Sexuality.” William and Mary Quarterly 60, no. 1 (January 2003): 199-202 and all the articles in this issue.

Norton, Mary Beth, Founding Mothers and Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.

Norton, Rictor. Mother Clap’s Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830. London: GMP, 1992.

Porter, Roy and Lesley Hall. The Facts of Life: The Creation of Sexual Knowledge in Britain, 1650-1950. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1995.

Rotundo, E. Anthony, American Manhood: Transformations in Masculinity from the Revolution to the Modern Era, New York: Basic Books, 1993.

Rousseau, G.S. and Roy Porter, eds. Sexual Underworlds of the Enlightenment. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1988

Ryan, Kelly A. Regulating Passion: Sexuality and Patriarchal Rule in Massachusetts 1700-1830. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Senelick, Laurence. “Mollies or Men of Mode? Sodomy and the Eighteenth-Century London Stage,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, 1 (July, 1990) 33-67.

Shammas, Carole. “Anglo-American Household Government in Comparative Perspective,” William and Mary Quarterly 52, no. 1 (January, 1995), 104-44.

Shoemaker, Robert. Gender in English Society, 1650-1850: The Emergence of Separate Spheres. London: Longman, 1998.

Smith, Merril D., ed. Sex and Sexuality in Early America. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll. This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Stone, Lawrence. The Family, Sex, and Marriage in England, 1500-1800. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.

Trumbach, Randolph. “The Birth of the Queen: Sodomy and the Emergence of Gender Equality in Modern Culture, 1660-1750.” In Martin Duberman, Martha Vicnus, and George Chauncey, eds. Hidden from history: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past. New York: NAL Books, 1989. 129-40.

Trumbach, Randolph. Sex and the Gender Revolution, Volume 1: Heterosexuality and the Third Gender in Enlightenment London. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Trumbach, Randolph. “Sex, Gender, and Sexual Identity in Modern Culture: Male Sodomy and Female Prostitution in Enlightenment London.” In Forbidden History: The State, Society, and the Regulation of Sexuality in Modern Europe. Ed. John C. Fout. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1990. 89-106.

Turley, Hans. Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Piracy, Sexuality, and Masculine Identity. New York: New York University Press, 1999.

Wilson, Kathleen. “Chapter 2: Empire, Gender, and Modernity in the Eighteenth Century.” In Philippa Levine, ed. Gender and Empire. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004: 14-45.

Wilson, Kathleen. The Island Race: Englishness, Empire, and Gender in the Eighteenth Century. London: Routledge, 2003.

Wilson, Lisa. ’Ye Heart of a Man:’ The Domestic Life of Men in Colonial New England. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999.


This list was compiled by Kent Peacock, graduate student at Florida State University currently working on his dissertation, “Sex in the Wilderness:
Sexuality, Manhood, Womanhood, and Building the American State in the First American West.” Questions about the bibliography or his research can be sent to kwp12@my.fsu.edu. Kent tweets at @kentwpeacock

Gender History Graduate Courses at Florida State University

This page collects course titles and course descriptions of past (and sometimes present and upcoming) classes in gender history offered at Florida State University, to help graduate students in planning major and minor fields in gender history.


Spring 2020 – Seminar in US Gender History
Prof. Suzanne Sinke
This course provides you with an introduction to key authors and selected topics in the history of gender for the United States. Though we will discuss some classic works and theoretical texts, our focus will remain on recent scholarship. Further, you will explore one element of U.S. gender history that interests you in greater depth and write a seminar paper based on primary source research contextualized through secondary works on that topic. In a graduate program of study the course fits topically as Gender History or geographically as U.S. History. The readings include scholarship across U.S. History hence where you count it chronologically in your program of study will depend on your paper topic. Choose accordingly. Class sessions will consist primarily of a discussion of readings early in the semester, and include a variety of process steps for the final paper across the semester. You should aspire for the seminar paper to be something you could present at a conference or perhaps submit as a potential publication in a scholarly journal.


Fall 2019 – Seminar: Gender and Sexuality 
Prof. Charles Upchurch
Fields: 1) Gender and Sexuality 2) European History
This course will expose students to the latest debates and methodologies in gender history and the history of sexuality, drawing primarily on British gender history and the theoretical works that have shaped the study of gender and sexuality more broadly. The methodologies of gender history are now applied in all fields of history, including political, economic, social, cultural, religious, and military history, just as the theories that have shaped gender history are shared broadly within the profession, especially by social and cultural historians. Students will produce an original research paper for the class. The research paper can be on British gender history, or it can be based on the primary and secondary sources that the student expects to work with in their dissertation, but interpreting those sources with either a gendered analysis or a theoretical framework they had not yet considered. A significant amount of time will be spent workshopping student papers, and identifying which theoretical frameworks or methodological approaches might best enhance the analysis of the sources and questions. While gender history is a component of most courses I teach, I offer a course primarily focused on gender history (such as this one) only once every three years.   


Fall 2019 – Medicine and Law in Eighteenth-Century France
Prof. Cathy McClive
This class will count for the fields of gender, STEM, early modern Europe and global history.


Spring 2019 – War and Home Fronts in East Asia HIS 69XX
Prof. Annika Culver
By investigating imperial Japan and its colonized periphery (Korea, Manchuria, and later, portions of China) as a lens to view complex issues of home front-battlefield interactions, gender, and postwar reconstruction, this graduate-level course examines how individuals experienced life under wartime conditions and then dealt with its aftermath following either buoying victory (Sino-Japanese, 1894-1895 and Russo-Japanese Wars, 1904-1905) or defeat (Asia-Pacific War, 1937-1945).  In its phase of imperial expansion, Japan occupied numerous surrounding territories, but after losing World War II, experienced Allied Occupation (1945-1952).  Contemporary Japan currently exists as thriving democracy and peaceful international actor, but a wartime legacy of an expansionist, militarist past continues to haunt relations with its continental neighbors. This course examines how the Japanese themselves experienced war and viewed their society. This class will count for the fields of gender and War and Society.


Spring 2019 – Medicine and Science, 1500-1800
Prof. Cathy McClive
This class will count for the fields of gender, STEM, early modern Europe and Atlantic World.


Spring 2018 – U.S. Gender History Seminar
Prof. Katherine Mooney
This course allows students to dive into texts that have followed Joan Scott’s call to consider gender as a useful category of historical analysis. Each assigned book (some classics, some new) serves as a model of one way of engaging gender and an example of a particular body of work in the field. With these in mind, students should be prepared to stake out their own research projects; considerable time in class will be devoted to the writing process, from idea, to research, to drafting, to editing, to presentation. This class will count for the fields of gender history and US history (either half). This course is distinct from the colloquium in U.S. Gender History, taught in the Spring 2017 semester by Prof. Sinke.


Spring 2017 – Colloquium: U.S. Gender History
Prof. Suzanne Sinke
This course provides you with an introduction to key authors and selected topics in the history of gender for the United States. Though we will discuss some classic works and theoretical texts, our focus will remain on recent scholarship. Further, you will explore the scholarship on one element of U.S. gender history that interests you in greater depth and write a historiography on that topic. In a graduate program of study the course fits topically as Gender History or geographically as U.S. History. The readings include scholarship across U.S. History hence where you count it chronologically in your program of study will depend on your historiography topic. Choose accordingly. Class sessions will consist primarily of a discussion of readings, typically five-six articles/ book chapters per week. Come prepared to discuss all of them. You will write a short reaction paper prior to most class sessions. Insights about gender and how historians approach it will build over the semester.


Spring 2016 – Seminar: Writing History: Gender/Theory
Prof. Charles Upchurch, British History
This course focuses on identifying the best approaches and theoretical frameworks to apply to specific research questions and source materials. The readings will expose students to the latest debates methodologies in gender history, drawing primarily on British gender history and the more theoretical works that have shaped the study of gender and sexuality more broadly. The methodologies of gender history are now applied in all fields of history, including political, economic, social, cultural, religious, and military history, just as the theories that have shaped gender history are shared broadly within the profession, especially by social and cultural historians. Students will produce an original research paper for the class. The research paper can be on British gender history, or it can be based on the primary and secondary sources that the student expects to work with in their dissertation, but interpreting those sources with either a gendered analysis or a theoretical framework they had not yet considered. A significant amount of time will be spent workshopping student papers, and identifying which theoretical frameworks or methodological approaches might best enhance the analysis of the sources and questions. In addition, as time permits, there will be an ongoing discussion throughout the semester on how to make the best use of digital resources, not only to research a topic, but also to create professional connections within your field, to enhance publication and presentation options.


Fall 2014 – Graduate Colloquium: Gender and Consumerism in Japan from Empire to Postwar, 1880s-1950s
Dr. Annika A. Culver, East Asian History
This graduate-level course investigates how products, people, and companies circulated throughout Japan and its empire into wartime and the postwar period, and how gender impacted consumption and consumerism in China, Japan, and Korea during pivotal moments in East Asian history.  We examine how working-class and middle- to upper-class women emerged as important consumers for household items, foods, fashions, cosmetics, and even wartime propaganda. We also look at how state propaganda functioned as “advertising” to instruct women to engage in behaviors beneficial to the nation (or corporation) from the Meiji (1868-1912) to early postwar period (1945-1955).


Use the comments section below to suggest classes or leave comments. The gender history faculty will review all requests.