Queer(ying) Historical Fiction

The focus of this article is a Twitter thread that went viral in the latter half of 2018. Originally written by playwright Guillem Clua (@guillemclua) from Barcelona, Spain, it gained further popularity when translated into English by user @strangelyurie. Written by Hannah Ayres.

Welcome back, 2019-2020

The 2019-20 academic year is about to get under way and our schedule is taking shape! We have a wide variety of exciting events and collaborations coming up this year – see the table below, and keep an eye on our webpage and social media for updates to times/venues or for new events.

2018-2019 Schedule

We are pleased to announce the provisional schedule for Terms 1 and 2 of the 2018-2019 academic year. We are proposing a series of reading groups on a variety of topics, all of which will be free to atten

The Origins of Printed Gossip and Rumour in 18th Century Newspapers

Natalie Hanley-Smith, a PhD candidate in the History department at the University of Warwick, offers an introduction into a very interesting – and entertaining – aspect of her doctoral research. Were gossip ‘paragraphs’ simply entertainment for the upper-classes, or were they a very public way of exposing indecorous behaviour and deviation from social mores? Did they in fact facilitate discussion of the ‘rules’ of sexual and marital conduct and can we perhaps see in them a forerunner to the celebrity gossip so present in the media today?

Funding Success

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the History Department at the University of Warwick have confirmed funding for our group on a trial basis for the 2018-2019 academic year.