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"The Future Arrives Late": Queering the Ladies of Llangollen

Brideoake, Fiona


Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby are central figures within the historiography of female same-sex desire. Butler and Ponsonby eloped together from Ireland in 1778 and retired to the North Welsh village of Llangollen. Transforming a small cottage into an elaborately-improved Gothic 'mansion,' they shared a home until Butler's death in 1829. My thesis examines the figuration of Butler and Ponsonby's cultural project from the eighteenth- to the twentieth-centuries, exploring both...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007-06
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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