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Hidden gay lives

Hidden gay lives: Laurie Taylor explores the history of Polari, Britain's secret gay language, & the way in which 20th c crime reports uncover anti-gay violence prior to Stonewall.

Hidden gay lives: Laurie Taylor uncovers the ‘fabuloso’ history of Polari, Britain’s secret gay language with Paul Barker, Professor of English Language at Lancaster University. He also talks to the cultural historian, James Polchin, about the ways in which 20th c American crime pages recover a little discussed history of violence against gay men, one in which they were often held responsible for their own victimisation.

Producer: Jayne Egerton

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29 minutes

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Mon 3 Feb 2020 00:15


James Polchin - Clinical Professor in Liberal Studies at New York University
Professor Paul Baker - Professor of English Language at Lancaster University

Further Reading

Indecent Advances by James Polchin

Fabulosa! by Paul Baker


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