Dec 072015

Jana-smallThis is the first in a series of posts introducing the many speakers who will be giving talks during the LGBT History Festival at M Shed next February.

Jana Funke will be presenting Beyond The Well of Loneliness: Radclyffe Hall in the Archive, as part of the National History Day on Saturday, February 20th.

Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness (1928) is the most famous and widely read lesbian novel. It is also a deeply controversial book that has been celebrated for its defence of homosexual relationships and criticised for its bleak depiction of lesbian love. This talk will draw on new archival materials to take us beyond The Well of Loneliness and open up a new understanding of Radclyffe Hall’s views on gender and sexuality.

Dr Jana Funke is an Advanced Research Fellow at the University of English, working on the history of sexuality, sexual science, and early twentieth-century literature. This talk will draw on her research for a forthcoming volume entitled The World and other Unpublished Works by Radclyffe Hall (Manchester University Press, 2016).