In this live-only seminar, we will discuss factors affecting the publication and circulation of LGBTQ+ fiction in postwar Britain. We will examine how obscenity statutes and laws criminalising homosexuality impacted everything from a book’s text, to its cover design, to how and where it was sold. Examples will be drawn from the speaker’s personal collection.
Speaker: Christopher A. Adams
Christopher Adams is a writer and bibliographer. He is the editor of several plays in The Collected Works of John Ford (OUP) and has, over the years, served as a lab instructor on the ‘Introduction to the Principles of Descriptive Bibliography’ course at Rare Book School. He is currently a doctoral student at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. Christopher also works as a playwright and screenwriter. His plays include Tumulus (Soho Theatre), Antigone (Actors of Dionysus), and Finding Mr Hart (Being Human Festival).