Anne Lister’s diaries, detailing her love affairs with women, weren’t published until 1988, centuries after her death. In the latest post for the new Radical Books series, Laura Gowing examines how ‘I Know My Own Heart’ transformed the recovery of lesbian histories.
Author: Laura Gowing
This, the first in a series of virtual special issues, makes freely available some of the outstanding work on women and gender in the period c.1500-1700 published by History Workshop Journal over the nearly forty years of our history.
British academic historians are now painfully familiar with the imperative to research our own impact. Our funding is to be dependent, in part, on the measurable impact of our researches in the domain outside the academy. For radical history this raises an interesting potential. Might the drive to narrate impact give us another story?