Senior Lecturer in English & Gender Studies. Founding director of Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Studies (BiGS)
Department of English & Humanities, School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43-46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.
Research interests: sexology; translation & cross-cultural exchange; literary histories of gender and sexuality; history of queer death and suicide; feelings, trauma, violence; queer, lesbian and women's writing; lesbian graphic novels and cartoons.
Books: Women and Cross-Dressing 1800-1930, 3 vols (Routledge (2006); English Literary Sexology: Translations of Inversion 1860-1930 (Palgrave 2009); Queer 1950s: Reshaping Sexuality in the Postwar Years (Palgrave 2012).
A Violent World of Difference: Magnus Hirschfeld and the Queer Narratives of Modern Sex Research (monograph). This study examines little studied writings by the famous homosexual rights campaigner and transgender theorist on homosexual death and suicide, violence, and racial hatred, and explores what these accounts can tell us about the lives of the women and men whose stories he tells.
Click here for my talk on Hirschfeld at the Dartmouth Humanities Summer Institute 2013, 'Towards A Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1950'.
Sexology and Translation: Scientific and Cultural Encounters in the Modern World, 1860-1930. I lead this Wellcome Trust funded interdisciplinary collaboration, which examines the international and transnational dimensions of modern sex research in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
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