Saturday 6 February 2010

The LGBT History Series (6) - 'Queer London' by Matt Houlbrook

Well why not do a bit of a book review, eh?
'Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957' to give it a full title is an interesting, indepth look into the re-structuring of the urban spaces of early twentieth century London through a queer perspective.

The book covers everything from policing and agent provocateurs prowling around the public toilets and parks of the west end, to the various public and private places where queer culture was performed and perceived including bathhouses, cottages, and cinemas. Parts three and four look further into the different types of character seen under the umbrella term 'queer' and the cultural politics of 'difference' and the 'other'.

If you read this, and come along to the Lab on the 26th, you'll be clued up on queers from Medieval, through Victorian and right up to the twentieth century. Hooray!