Hi! I’m hoping to write my undergraduate thesis on the historiography of bisexuality and I just wanted to say it’s nice to see you out here working to uncover the queer past! Do you have any recommendations on readings about how historians engage with queer history? I’d be interested to see your go tos x
Hmm.. this is a fantastic question, I will say that some of the best books I have read that really deepen my knowledge about how to study queer history haven’t been focused on that. Two books that come to mind are Harvard’s Secret Court, and Surpassing the Love of Men, both incredible book that really showed me how to deal with these topics in the right way.
I will say Surpassing the Love of Men does have some outdating terminology and ideology, but just read it with a critical mind and I think you can probably glean a lot from it.
So I guess all together my advice is to look at discussions of the history that you think handles the subject well and learn from them. There are probably a whole bunch of books that I loved that I am forgetting right now, but I am in the middle of Surpassing the Love of Men, and Harvard’s Secret Court is just one of my favourite books of all time in general.
So I hope I was able to help with this, and good luck!