Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A Call for Help: A History of Sexuality for Romance Writers
Which brings me around to historicals. Personally I find the idea of writing a historical, specially one with same-sex attraction in it, daunting. Lots of writers do it though and I was wondering what m/m (but also other GLBTQA authors) would like to know about sexuality from a historical stand point?
What is useful information?
What questions do authors have about the history of sexuality?
My own academic specially is American history but I am engaged in the larger field of theorizing queer historiography. I've also done a small amount of research into the history of same-sex relationship in China.
What I want to know, and what would be interesting for me professionally, is what kind of historical narrative do writers already know?
So this is my request for all the m/m romance writers out there who write historicals or are interested in writing them: contact me with a short description of what you have read or heard about the history of sexuality. Also if you could include the top five questions you have about the history of sexuality that you think would be most useful for m/m (or other GLBTQA) romance writers to know that would be great.
Don't be afraid, I won't judge you and I don't bite. You can leave it in the comments or email me at: acosmistmachine[at]gmail[dot]com
A Note of clarification: Thinking more about this I guess the two questions I was trying to get at (all be it in a rather sloppy way) in my first request was: 1. Do you view sexuality in the past as essentially the same or different as sexuality in the present? 2. If you do view it as different how do you then express that difference to a modern day body of readers who may have very little historical background?
Thank you all for the wonderful responses I've gotten thus far! :~)