Second Tuesday Presents Jill Liddington
Where: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 W. 13th St.
212-620-7310 Price: $10.00
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British Women’s Historian, on Anne Lister, the woman who inspired HBO’s “Gentleman Jack”
The BBC-HBO series “Gentleman Jack” is based on the fascinating story of Anne Lister, detailed by Jill Liddington in her books “Female Fortune: Land, Gender and Authority: the Anne Lister diaries 1833-36” and “Nature’s Domain: Anne Lister and the Landscape of Desire.”
Inspired by Liddington’s books, feminist and TV writer Sally Wainwright developed the historical TV drama series, which aired in spring 2019, depicting the life of early Nineteenth Century landowner Anne Lister as “the first modern lesbian.” Historian Liddington says “Ever since her death in 1840, Anne Lister of Shibden Hall has exerted a magnetic attraction. The most powerful magnet remains her daily diaries. These run to no fewer than four million words, much of it written in her own secret code. Anne Lister’s code was not cracked till 50 years after her death. I remained hooked by Anne’s extraordinary life: dazzling worldly achievements plus unbuttoned lesbian affairs.”
About Jill Liddington
Liddington joined the Department of External Studies at Leeds University in 1982 and became a Reader in Gender History, School of Continuing Education, until her transfer to the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, where she is currently Honorary Research Fellow.
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