Queering the Interior problematizes the familiar space of ‘home’. It deploys a queer lens to view domestic interiors and conventions and uncovers some of the complexities of homemaking for queer people.Each of the book’s six sections focuses on a different room or space inside the home. The journey starts with entryways, and continues through kitchens, living spaces, bedrooms, bathrooms, and finally, closets and studies. In each case up to three specialists bring their disciplinary expertise and queer perspectives to bear. The result is a fascinating collection of essays by scholars from literary studies, geography, sociology, anthropology, history and art history. The contributors use historical and sociological case studies; spatial, art and literary analyses; interviews; and experimental visual approaches to deliver fresh, detailed and grounded perspectives on the home and its queer dimensions. A highly creative approach to the analysis of domestic spaces, Queering the Interior makes an important contribution to the fields of gender studies, social and cultural history, cultural studies, design, architecture, anthropology, sociology, and cultural geography.

chapter |11 pages


ByMatt Cook, Andrew Gorman-Murray

section Section One|36 pages


section Section Two|43 pages


chapter 4|13 pages

The Kitchen: Lesbian Pulp Fiction's Radical Conventionalism

ByAmy Tooth Murphy

chapter 5|15 pages

Kitchens: Queering the 'Man's' Kitchen

ByAngela Meah

section Section Three|37 pages

Living Spaces

chapter 7|13 pages

Designs for Living Rooms

ByMartin Dines

chapter 8|9 pages

The Bedsit

ByMark Armstrong

section Section Four|27 pages


chapter 10|12 pages

Law and the Bedroom: 'Living Together as Husband and Wife'?

ByDaniel Monk

chapter 11|13 pages

The Nursery

ByMatt Cook

section Section Five|26 pages


section Section Six|41 pages

Closets and Studies

chapter 14|10 pages

The Closet

ByChristopher Breward

chapter 15|11 pages

Entering the Eighteenth-Century Closet and Coming Out Today

ByDominic Janes

chapter 16|18 pages

A Queer Study

ByAlison Oram