Senate House Library - University of London

Holden Lecture 2020

Bulgarian Tendencies: Stories from the Queer Library of Jonathan Cutbill

Date: Tuesday 27 October, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

In this year's Charles Holden Lecture, Dr Justin Bengry will examine the histories of books drawn from the vast and important LGBTQ collections of Jonathan Cutbill, recently donated to Senate House Library, and will tell the stories behind some dangerous queer books. Even in the first decades of the twentieth century, Edward Carpenter’s, Rose Allatini’s, and Radclyffe Hall’s defenses of homogenic love, homosexuality, and sexual inversion illuminate the challenges encountered by authors and publishers whose trade included these subjects. But their books also illuminate how authors and publishers imagined potential queer markets for writings that promoted tolerance, understanding, and even advocated legal reform.