Upcoming Treadwells Lecture: A Phallic Night
January may well be (like December) a lean month for posting as I am presently working on a lecture to be given at Treadwells on Thursday, 3rd Februrary. This lecture, entitled “A Phallic Night” is an examination of Richard Payne Knight’s infamous work A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus and its Connexion with the Mystic Theology of the Ancients (1786). Originally, I was going to examine Knight’s work as part of the “Occult Gender Regimes” series, but as I delved into the backstory behind the writing of Priapus, the ensuing scandal, Knight’s various associates (such as Baron d’Harcanville) and its relationship to both eighteenth century mythology & erotica – as well as Knight’s influence on the emergence of modern paganism and the theories of Freud and Jung, I realised that there was the makings of an entertaining lecture here. When Christina asked me to do something to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender History Month lectures at Treadwells, I thought this would be a fitting contribution.