Long Live Carol and Therese: On Loving Vintage Lesbians

Though they have existed since at least the 1980s, over the past couple years there have been a number of films and television series released that fall within the category that I like to call ‘vintage lesbians’. By ‘vintage lesbians’ I simply mean films or series that include historical representations of queer women – ie. queer or lesbian period pieces.

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‘Gentleman Jack’ Season One: Anne Lister and Lesbian Visibility

Gentleman Jack is one of the most important shows on television right now. Sally Wainwright helms the new addition to BBC and HBO, which follows the historical figure Anne Lister (played by Suranne Jones) of 1830s Halifax as she manages her late uncle’s Shibden Hall estate and courts her future wife Ann Walker (played by…

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Gentleman Jack: Redefining Period Drama

Often enough, the term ‘period drama’ does not garner the best reactions. There is a preconception, or arguably there are many preconceptions, surrounding period pieces. Usually this comes down to a misunderstanding of what period dramas are, and the richness of the countless examples of this type of work. In truth, period dramas are simply…

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