Following her exploration in February 2010 of the image of the lesbian in early twentieth century literature, Lindsay River now looks deeper into an image of the lesbian formed by late 19th century French decadent artists and writers, who portrayed her simultaneously as a symbol of unattainable ecstasy... and of monstrous threat to bourgeois society. To Baudelaire and Swinburne, she was a Flower of Evil: beautiful, admirably sterile, suffering and sinister. She stimulated erotic longing, elegiac wistfulness and Awful Warning, and exerted a pervasive fascination, especially to painter Georges de Feure and his contemporaries. These influential images trailed into the twentieth century, affecting the way British lesbians such as Radclyffe Hall saw themselves, and indeed the way others viewed them. Lindsay River is a professional in the field of ageism and queer rights, and holds an MA in literature. Also an astrologer, she wrote (with Sally Gillespie) The Knot of Time: Astrology and Female Experience (1987). This illustrated lecture is presented in connection with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender History Month. Price: £7.00 Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start Reserve your place via Treadwell's by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phone, 020 7240 8906. Payment confirms booking. Treadwell's hosts courses and workshops taught by most experienced and gifted practitioners we know -- tutors who are not only advanced in their subjects but are also able to consider their practices thoughtfully and critically. Our aim is to make the study of esoteric disciplines available to thinking, well-read enquirers. You can get details on current events at http://treadwells-london.com/lectures_and_launches.html. We also do tarot readings (http://treadwells-london.com/tarot_at_treadwells.html), and you can subscribe to our mailing list (http://treadwells-london.com/mailing_list.html). (marysia)
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