ABL #58,  7 July, 2020

Julia Ftacek tells us about her work on trans literature in the eighteenth century and beyond, including ‘a surprisingly trans-feminine’ Gulliver’s Travels. She emphasises this period as the moment of transition between the idea of gender as having no biological destiny and the rise of scientific rationality and the idea of sexual anatomy dictating gender.

ABL #54,  1 July, 2020

Happy Canada Day! In celebration, Canada’s finest and wisest queer poetics professor tells us about his new book, Shakespeare and Queer Representation and literature as an art of construction and decoration, an ‘aesthetically-ambitious art made out of words’.



ABL #46,  15 June, 2020

Ambereen Dadabhoy tells us about the early modern Mediterranean, the English playhouse and the history of race. We hear about the lack of racial literacy in early modern studies, the way ‘a white way of knowing’ has dominated scholarship, and how to ‘follow the lead of those who have championed racial literacy’.

ABL #44,  9 June, 2020

Theatremaker Emma Frankland talks us through contemporary, devised and classical performance, taking in Ghostbusters, Don Quixote and John Lyly’s Galatea, and ranging from Jerwood Arts, Shakespeare’s Globe, Roehampton University, Cornish beaches and Stratford, Ontario.

ABL #16,  15 April, 2020

Will Tosh, Research Fellow and Lecturer at Shakespeare’s Globe, talks to Emma Whipday about little-known Elizabethan sonneteer (and friend of Shakespeare) Richard Barnfield, sexual identity, literature as consolation and why sexual desire is like a nest of snakes under a hedge…

ABL #15,  14 April, 2020

Sarah Grange tells us about Moll Frith (also known as Mary Frith), an early modern crossdresser, queer and transgender history and performance: ‘how to meet those people who lie outside of the cishet, white male trajectory of progressive history: not the dudes on horses’.

ABL #14,  9 April, 2020

Sydnee Wagner describes the experience of researching Roma history in early modern English archives, and explores how the concepts of whiteness and race were created.

ABL #4,  26 March, 2020

Suzannah Lipscomb tells us about moving between the worlds of research and TV broadcasting, and the Tudor court and ordinary French urban communities. We hear about the way religious reformation intersected with gender and sexual honour.